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Charles C. LaRue 1915 - 2012
Charles C. LaRue
Charles C. LaRue

Charles C. LaRue, 96, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at his home in Cornville. He was born on July 11, 1915 in Hillsboro , West Virginia to Charles B. and Mabel LaRue.

Charles attended grade and high school in Hillsboro , WV.  He attended college at Concord College in Athens WV and Syracuse University . He served our country for 23 years in the Army Air Corps and Air Force during WWII and beyond achieving the rank of Major. During the war he flew C-47s (and many other aircraft) in the China-Burma-India Theater.  After retiring from the military he worked 15 years as a physical education instructor and coach at Keams Canyon on the Hopi Reservation.  He deeply loved this job working with Hopi and Navajo grade school and junior high students.  He was blessed with tremendous athleticism and he was recognized as one of the top 100 athletes in West Virginia’s first 100 years.   Late in life he loved walking and hiking and hiked the Grand Canyon numerous times.

Charles belonged to Hillsboro Wesleyan Methodist Church. He was a Boy Scout leader and football player and loved rock collecting, art, beautiful things of all kinds and working with kids in sports. Charles never met a stranger.

Charlie (Bus) will be deeply missed by us all.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mabel LaRue and sister Isabel Michael. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy LaRue; son Charles Thomas LaRue (Sarah) of Flagstaff ; daughters Valerie Hirschberg ( Gary ) of Anchorage , AK and Dona Sue LaRue (James Tomkinson) of Ashby , MA ; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research, http://www.alzfdn.org or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. , 7th fl., New York , NY 10001 .

An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Article comment by: Leon Beatty

Mr. Larue, thank you for all your encouragement and not giving up. I will always remember the times at Keams Canyon, Home of the Eagles. You had a kind heart and took passion in teaching the better things in life to the Hopi and Navajo students. You will be missed. I will cherish the Lacrosse stick you gave me and I still have the stick. Have a safe journey.

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Article comment by: Eunice Begay

My deepest sincere condolences to the family of Mr. LaRue. What a wonderful inspirational, big hearted educator he was? Such wonderful fond memories long buried have come to surface upon reading this. Mr. LaRue, I can still name off all the Past and Present Presidents, the States, the US Constitution without receiving a candy for accomplishing what I thought, was an impossible task. May you rest in peace, Sir!

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Article comment by: Mitzie

My condolences to the LaRue family. Can still see him walking through the canyon with a smile on his face. A great person is never forgotten. God Bless You

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Article comment by: Joann Flanagan (Begay)

My deepest sympathy to the LaRue family. I was a Navajo student of his way back in the early 1970s at Keams Canyon Boarding School. He had a passion for the students that shined brightly and made you want to be the best student athlete you could be.
He was certainly a special person and I am a better person for having known him. May God bless and keep you in peace as you mourn your loss. Mr. LaRue will always hold a special place in the hearts of countless Hopi and Navajo students.

I do hope a picture of an eagle is displayed at his memorial service to honor him as a teacher and coach, as the eagle was our mascot Keams Canyon Eagles.

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012
Article comment by: Janet Pavatea

My sincere condolences to the family of such a wonderful man that gave his knowledge and love to so many people on the Hopi Reservation. May you rest in peace Mr. LaRue.

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