Joseph W. LaRue, 84

NOV. 16, 1928-DEC. 19, 2012

December 20, 2012
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Joseph Wallace LaRue, 84, of Luke, Md., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, Md.

Born Nov. 16, 1928, in Westernport, Md., he was the son of the late Bryon 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 World War II 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 Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, W.Va.

He served as a police commissioner of Luke for 10 years, and then as 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 AARP and the NRA. He was a lifetime member of Kelly Mansfield Legion Post 52, a lifetime member of Midland Sportsman Club, a member of Blackhawk Tribe 131 in Westernport, and a member of VFW Post 1936 and AMVETS Post 10, both of Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Mae (Bartles) LaRue of Luke; two daughters, Mary Jo Holland and husband, Ed, of Hagerstown, and Bobbie Jo Larrick and husband Phil, of Hagerstown; and two stepchildren, Howard F. Whittington of Smithsburg, and Sonia C. Whittington and fiancé, Brian, of Hagerstown. Joe was blessed with three grandsons, Derrick L. Whittington and wife, Krystal, of Hagerstown, Jason L. Ferguson and wife, Brigette, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Florida, and Curtis D. Fogle of Greencastle, Pa; and three great-grandchildren, Chance Parfitt and Haylee Whittington of Hagerstown and Jocelyn Ferguson of Florida. He is also survived by his lifelong friend, Jack Fazenbaker of Westernport.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Boal Funeral Home, Westernport. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Bart Thompson officiating.

Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home after the funeral service. Interment will be at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Rocky Gap, Md., at a later date.

A reception will follow the funeral service at Trinity United Methodist Church's social hall in Piedmont.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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