James D. LaRue Jr., 94, of Hodgenville, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home following complications from cancer.
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He was the official historian for LaRue County, a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of Hodgenville High School, a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International for 53 years of service, a charter member of The Lincoln Museum, a founding member of the LaRue County Historical Society, a long-time columnist for The LaRue County Herald News, a former city councilman and a keynote speaker for five different Lincoln Days celebrations.
?Additionally, LaRue was an alumnus of Lehigh University as well as an Air Corps veteran of World War II having served most of his enlistment in India and Burma working as a communications specialist. Upon his return to Hodgenville, he supplemented his work as a farmer by providing accounting services for a local farm supply company.
?In 1957, he opened an office on the town square in Hodgenville providing tax services to the general public, as well as becoming a founding partner in LaRue Insurance.
?LaRue served on the board of directors for Buffalo Bank, Sunrise Manor and Red Hill Cemetery Commission for many years. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon and an active member of Hodgenville Bridge Club.
?In 2013, he published his first book, a history of LaRue County, entitled, Mary Brooks: Portrait of a Kentucky Pioneer, Granny Woman, Family Matriarch.
?He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bond Enlow; his parents, Marie Dye and James D. LaRue Sr.; two sisters, Virginia LaRue Rumans and Elizabeth LaRue Lewis; and a daughter, Julia Brooks LaRue Orwig.
Survivors include a daughter, Paula Varney (John); six sons, John (Eva), Alex (Iris), Will, Philip (Debbie), Ben (Laura) and Steve LaRue; six grandchildren, Sam Varney, Aaron LaRue, Ken Orwig III, Jack LaRue, Philip Orwig and Alison LaRue; and five great-grandchildren, Natalya Orwig, Audrey LaRue, Jameson Abraham LaRue, Ken Orwig IV and Clayton Doane LaRue.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carlton Puryear and Dr. Isaac McDonald officiating. Burial will be private.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville and 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Hosparus of Central Kentucky, PO Box 2149, Elizabethtown, KY 42701; the
, 701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203; the Hope Food Pantry at Hodgenville United Methodist Church, 825 Tonieville Road, Hodgenville, KY 42748 or the
Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home
208 West Water Street
Hodgenville, KY 42748
Published in The Kentucky Standard on Aug. 14, 2014