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  • Joseph Wallace LaRue

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  • 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 boalfh.com.
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