August 9, 1924 - May 24, 2017
Joseph Dean LaRue of Richardson, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the age of 92. He was born in Jackson, Michigan on August 9, 1924 to Joseph Alfred LaRue and Mary Alice Borden.
He graduated from North Adams High School and Jackson Community College. Mr. LaRue served in the U. S. Army at the rank of Staff Sargent with the OSS Operations in Europe and North Africa, his unit specializing in sabotage and espionage. Speaking foreign languages fluently was to his advantage. When he was discharged from the Army he returned to Jackson, Michigan. Dean continued his studies and received his BA in French and his Masters of Arts from the University of Michigan. He also received his Masters in Guidance and Counseling and his Masters in French from Middlebury University, Middlebury, Vermont. Dean was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne University and he studied for a year in the Language Arts Department at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Dean began his teaching career specializing in French and English at Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield, Michigan. One of his delights was leading groups of students through Europe for a month during the summer vacation.
In late 1972 Dean was recruited for a teaching position in Cambodia and was there for a year before returning to the States. In 1974 Mr. LaRue was recruited by the University of Michigan to go to the Netherlands to teach in the American School of The Hague in Den Haag. There he spent the last sixteen years of his teaching career.
Dean retired to Richardson, Texas in 1989 to be with his sister Helen. They continued to travel for a year. Dean was active in the Richardson community making many friends and contributing by teaching Chair Aerobics to the residents of Appletree Court for eleven years.
Mr. LaRue was preceded in death by his sister, Helen LaRue Brashares; and his great nephew, Timothy Christie. He leaves to survive him his nephew, Charles Brashares of Jackson, Michigan; his niece, Margaret (Jerry) Brooks of Richardson, Texas; great nephews, Mark Brashares, Carl Brashares and Anthony Christie; great niece, Wendy Brashares Vermeulen and many great great nieces and nephews and longtime friends both here and around the world.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be at 11:15 am on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
There will be a Memorial service at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Road, Richardson, Texas 75080.
In lieu of flowers a contribution in his memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi, 720 Lakeridge Drive, Lavon, Texas 75166 or to a charity of your choice.
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