PEORIA - Chris J. LaRue, age 79, of Peoria passed away at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.
He was born Feb. 13, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., to Charles J. and Genevieve (Johnson) LaRue. He married Deanna Forneris on Aug. 3, 1963, in Blue Mound, Ill.
She survives, along with three sons, Carrick LaRue of East Peoria, Caley LaRue and his partner, Freeman Braswell, of Chicago and Cavan LaRue of Peoria; and close family friends, A.J. (Tara) Sikma and their two daughters, Molly and Katie, of Princeton, N.J.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He grew up in Troy, Mo., and continued a strong association with that community throughout his life.
Chris first came to Peoria as a psychiatric social worker to work for the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR). That led into him working at Zeller Mental Health Facility, where he was head of the children's unit, retiring in the mid 1990s. Following his retirement, he went into private practice for himself. He also taught continuing education courses at Bradley, ICC, University of Illinois and Eureka College.
Chris was involved with and was a strong supporter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill. He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers. He was also a board member and was very active at Crittenton in Peoria, and was a consultant for Youth Farm in Peoria. He was a member and was very active in the University United Methodist Church in Peoria. He worked on several church committees, including teaching the high school Sunday school program.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crittenton Centers, his church, UUMC,
Please view Chris's obituary online at www.Woolsey-Wilton.com.