James D. La Rue Jr., 94, of Hodgenville, died Aug. 11, 2014, at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home following complications from cancer.
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La Rue 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, La Rue 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.
La Rue served on the board of directors for Buffalo Bank as well as for 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, titled "Mary Brooks: Portrait of a Kentucky Pioneer, Granny Woman,
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bond Enlow; his parents, Marie Dye and James D. La Rue Sr.; two sisters, Virginia La Rue Rumans and Elizabeth La Rue Lewis; and a daughter, Julia Brooks La Rue Orwig.
He is survived by a daughter, Paula Varney (John); six sons, John (Eva), Alex (Iris), Will, Philip (Debbie), Ben (Laura) and Steve La Rue; six grandchildren, Sam Varney, Aaron La Rue, Ken Orwig III, Jack La Rue, Philip Orwig and Alison La Rue; and five great-grandchildren, Natalya Orwig, Audrey La Rue, Jameson Abraham La Rue, Ken Orwig IV and Clayton Doane La Rue.
Memorial services are at 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 is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hosparus of Central Kentucky, P.O. 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
208 West Water Street
Hodgenville, KY 42748
Published in The News-Enterprise on Aug. 13, 2014