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Thomas C. LaRue, 75, Springfield, passed away from this earth on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Cox Medical Center South. After a brief battle, cancer has taken a great friend. He was born on March 20, 1938 south of Macomb, Missouri in Wright County. He was raised in Mansfield by his maternal grandmother, Cora Stewart. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother Cora, his mother, Fearn, and a half-brother, Bert Smith. Tom was of the Methodist faith, a U.S. Army veteran, and during his younger years, was an Eagle Scout. He worked for the Crank Drug Company, Katz Drug Company, and Consumers Markets before serving in management positions with Walmart Stores. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 409, and Gate of the Temple Masonic Lodge No. 422. He was an active member of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine where he was a member of the Greeters Unit and past Chief Greeter. He also served as Aide and Chief Aide for several Potentates and was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. Tom LaRue was a very special person, so well liked by so many people. He was genuine, honest and caring. To Tom others came first, and he definitely lived by this motto. He is survived by his cousins, Russell and Wilma Stewart; a nephew, Jeremy Smith; his friends, Roscoe Jones, Linda Carter, Doris Grevillius, Jeff Grevillius, Jerry Brayfield and many, many other friends from all walks of life.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Macomb Cemetery, south of Macomb, Missouri, under the care of J.D.Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville.
Visitation will be held from 6 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, with Masonic services beginning at 8:00 p.m., in funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shrine Mosque Preservation Association, c/o Abou Ben Adhem Temple, 601 St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO 65806. Online condolences and guest book signing may be made at www.jdleeandsons.com.
J.D.Lee & Sons Funeral Home - Rogersville, Missouri - Rogersville
7405 E Ferrell Ln
Rogersville, MO 65742
Published in the News-Leader from July 12 to July 14, 2013