LaRue F. Allen, 65, of Addison, NY and Winchester, KY, died suddenly on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Tyler, TX, doing what he loved most, piloting private aircraft.
LaRue was born in Hornell, NY on February 8, 1956, the son of the late Freeman W. and Eva L. (Brewer) Allen. Raised in Cameron, he was a 1975 graduate of Addison Central School. Following high school, LaRue studied Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University. He decided that that was not the career path for him so he attended Aviation School in Foxborough, MA.
LaRue settled in Texas and was employed by AT&T in Dallas for 35 years. He retired from there as a troubleshooting lineman. He then drove tractor trailer for a few years before moving back to Steuben County.
On November 29, 2013, he married Holly J. Woodard at the Hedgesville Presbyterian Church.
LaRue was an avid pilot and held a pilot’s license all during adulthood. He adored his family and took great pride in their achievements.
Surviving is his wife, Holly Allen of Addison, children, Ainsley L. Allen of Lompoc, CA, Grant C. (Lora) Allen of Wheatfield, IN and Ross E. (Holly) Allen of Fort Hood, Temple, TX, bonus children, Joyce (Adam) Smith of Cameron, David (Julie) Stuart II of Hornell and Gerald (Vicky) Stuart of Woodhull, grandchildren, Jean Grey Allen, Penny Nicole Allen, Garen Knight Allen, Fyra Allen, Eli Clark Allen, Cierra Austin, Breanna Mendez, Cody Stuart, Dyllan Stuart, Aleah Stuart, Savannah Stuart, Desirea Stuart and Kahley Stuart, brothers, Arnold Allen of Winchester, KY and Hugh (Darlene) Allen of Springwater, brothers and sisters in law, Martin (Sharon) Woodard of Adrian, NY, Tresha Bouton of Cameron Mills, Dean (Denise) Woodard of Cameron Mills and Thomas Woodard of Millersville, MD, many nieces, nephews and cousins and his pride and joy, Miss Lily the mule and Shawnee Iris his horse and several cats
He was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman and Eva Allen and his sister, Velta Gros Jean.
Following LaRue’s wishes, his remains are being donated to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN for forensic research.
Memorial donations can be made to any charity for the benefit of animals or family assistance. These are things dear to his heart.
Arrangements are with the H.P. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Woodhull, NY.