SRI LANKA — Russell Wayne LaRue, 48, of Sri Lanka and formerly of New Sharon, died from complications with pneumonia on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Central Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He was born Sept. 21, 1965, in Greenville, S.C., the son of Charles and Joan Van Heukelom LaRue. He graduated from North Mahaska High School with the class of 1984. Shortly after graduation Russell’s entrepreneurial spirit took him all over the world. He first moved to Chicago and from there he lived in England, Spain, Dubai, U.A.E. and lastly in Sri Lanka.
His family includes his parents Charles and Joan LaRue, of New Sharon; his brother, Jeff (and Robin) LaRue, of New Sharon; his sister, Jennifer LaRue, of Oskaloosa; four nieces, Ariel, MaKenzie, Elizabeth and Natalie LaRue; two uncles, Dale (and Cathy) LaRue, of New Sharon, Larry (and Cathy) LaRue, of Virginia Beach, Va.; several cousins and friends from all over the world.
Russell was preceded in death by his brother, Scott LaRue; his grandparents, Roy and Lucille Van Heukelom, and Howard and Harriett LaRue.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark Doll officiating. Burial of the urn will be at a later date. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Monday morning after 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5 p.m. until service time at 6 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be made to Mahaska Hospice.