Philip Lewis LaRue, 93, of Green Cove Springs, Florida peacefully passed away at his home on Wednesday February 6, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 17, 1919 at home on the family farm on the Monpetit Road (LaRue Road) Massena. He was the son of Franklin Henry and Mary Erda Carville LaRue.
Mr. LaRue is survived by five of his six children; Franklin (Julia) of Keystone Heights, Timothy (Cindy) of Green Cove Springs, Linda Lee (William Patterson) of Yulee, Lewis (Melissa) and Lawrence (Tammy) of Green Cove Springs, one brother John LaRue of Massena, and one sister-in-law Theresa LaRue of Massena, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grand children, 10 great-great-grand children, and 21 nieces and nephews.
Philip and Mildred Elvina (Dolly) Olson were joined in marriage on June 12, 1948 at Sacred Heart Rectory in Massena with Father Kellogg officiating. They moved to Florida in 1949 when he partnered with his brother Kenneth in the LaRue House Moving business. He bought out his brother and Philip and his sons have carried on the business.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred in 2009; one son Robert in 1949; his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Charles and Paul; and three sisters, Eileen, Helen, and Betty.
Philip was a long time member of the Moose, Elks, VFW, NF Antique Engine Association and the International Association of Structural Movers (IASM).
He was the proud father of two structural moving companies; LaRue House Movers and Sons, Inc. and T&T House Moving and Heavy Rigging.
Philip purchased the family farmhouse on the South Racquette River Road in Massena in 1980 where he and his family spent their summers. He enjoyed being on the farm operating and maintaining his 28 antique tractors, with his favorite being a 1953 Ferguson.
Philip loved sharing with family and the many friends that visited the farm over the years, going to auctions, antique tractor shows and tractor pulls, proudly driving his 1911 American LaFrance fire truck in the annual Green Cove Springs Christmas parade. He loved telling stories about the "good ole days," with everyone more than ready to listen to his tales. Philip lived his 93 years to the fullest. He will be greatly missed but knowing he is dancing with his "Dolly" in heaven softens the loss.
Memorial services for Mr. LaRue was held on Saturday, February 9 in the Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel with William Patterson officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1811 Idlewild Avenue; SR 16; Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-9696; www.helmgallagherfh.com
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Mr. LaRue's memory to Community Hospice of NE Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.