YORKTOWN — Kenneth D LaRue, 83, passed away Thursday morning at his residence.
He was born June 29, 1930 in Goshen, the son of Russell J. and Mildred (Strong) LaRue, graduated from Goshen High School, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and education from Ball State University. He played on the only unbeaten and untied Ball State football team in 1949.
He also served in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base.
Mr. LaRue taught and coached football, track and wrestling at Madison Heights High School from 1955 until 1959 and coached football at Kansas State University from 1959 until 1966.
Ken was director of conferences and special events at Ball State University from 1966 until 1969. He also scouted for the San Diego Chargers for several years. In 1969, he started as business manager for the Oakland Raiders, working for his beloved Raiders for the next 20 years, winning three Super Bowls.
He was the assistant general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the National Football League expanded to include new teams. After retirement from professional sports, he taught at Alexandria High School until he was 72, while thoroughly enjoying his students.
His favorite pastimes were his grandchildren, whom he enjoyed being chauffeur for, and watching football and golf on TV.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Frances Anne Jones LaRue; a daughter, Lynn LaRue Witty M.D. (Michael), Yorktown; four grandchildren, Grace and Grant Witty, Ryan Gibson (Shelley) and Tyler Gibson (Ingrid); his great-grandson, Ryan Gibson Jr.; and a brother, James Russell LaRue (Carol), Goshen.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Gibson; his father, Russell J. LaRue; his mother and stepfather, Mildred and Clem Eberhart; a sister, Janet Garringer; and a brother, Richard LaRue.
Private family memorial services will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ball State University Foundation or Athletic Department, 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47304.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mount Pleasant Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.