Joseph Wallace LaRue, 84, of Luke, passed away Wednesday, Dec.
19, 2012, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 16, 1928 in Westernport, he was the son of the late
Bryan Otto and Mary Frances (Trenum) LaRue.
Joe attended Luke Elementary School and Bruce High School. He
served three years in the U.S. Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic
during WWII and the Korean War. He worked with the transportation department
for the Western Maryland Railroad, retiring after 28 years of service. He
was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, W.Va.
served as a Police Commissioner of Luke for 10 years and then the Mayor of
Luke for 12 years. He was inducted into the Maryland Municipal League's Hall
of Fame for all of his years as an elected official.
Joe belonged to the
AARP and the NRA. He was a lifetime member of the Kelly Mansfield Legion
Post #52, a lifetime member of the Midland Sportsman Club, a member of the
Blackhawk Tribe #131 in Westernport and also a member of VFW Post #1936 and
Amvets Post #10, both of Hagerstown.
He is survived by his wife, Nora Mae (Bartles) LaRue, Luke; two
daughters, Mary Jo Holland and husband Ed, Hagerstown, Bobbie Jo Larrick and
husband Phil, Hagerstown; two stepchildren, Howard F. Whittington,
Smithsburg, Sonia C. Whittington and fiancé Brian, Hagerstown. Joe was
blessed with three grandsons, Derrick L. Whittington and wife Krystal,
Hagerstown, Jason L. Ferguson and wife Brigette, stationed with the USAF in
Florida, Curtis D. Fogle, Greencastle, PA; and three great grandchildren,
Chance Parfitt, Haylee Whittington, Hagerstown and Jocelyn Ferguson,
Florida. He is also survived by his lifelong friend Jack Fazenbaker of
Friends and Family will be received at the Boal Funeral Home,
Westernport, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, from 1-3 p.m.
A funeral
service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bart Thompson
Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home after the funeral
service; interment will be at the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, Rocky Gap, at
a later date.
A reception will follow the funeral service at the Trinity United
Methodist Church's social hall in Piedmont.
Condolences may be sent to the family at