Jerrold “Jerry” D. LaRue, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Princeton.
He was born Dec. 24, 1940, to Lawer and Eunice (Meyer) LaRue in Minneapolis. The family moved to Zimmerman in 1956 and he graduated from Elk River High School in 1959. In 1961, he married Dessel Hetrick.
Mr. LaRue was employed at Honeywell, Holiday Station Stores and Heinen Companies, where he learned the boiler business.
He started his own company, Boiler Combustion Analysis. He also started Zimmerman’s very first garbage removal service with a little pickup truck and a shovel, his first client being the Buffalo House. The third company he started was Jani-Kleen, an office and business cleaning company.Mr. LaRue was director of building and grounds for the Princeton School District and then the Becker School District.
He attended the United Methodist Church of Zimmerman and was active in Cub Scouts and was a Webelos leader.
A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, Oct. 6 at Steven’s Restaurant, Princeton. Interment was at Bellwood Cemetery, Zimmerman.
He is survived by his sons, Layne (Marty) of Princeton and Lance (Julie) of Albertville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Donald James LaRue of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. LaRue was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Sue LaRue Sopiwnik.