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Earl LaRue Turley

April 21, 1930 - November 22, 2009

CHATHAM – LaRue Turley, 79, of Chatham died Nov. 22, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Bentley) Turley; sons Michael (wife, Ticara) of Springfield and Robert of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew. Also, a brother, Charles Turley of Fresno, Calif., and a brother-in-law, Pete Sweet of Pawnee.

His parents, Earl and Barbara Turley and a sister, Twanette Sweet, preceded him in death.

LaRue graduated from Springfield High School in 1948. He served in the Army as a sergeant first class and tank commander in the 123rd tank company stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

LaRue began his career in banking at Illinois National Bank. He was a vice president at Bank of Fresno in Fresno, Calif., and later was a broker and Realtor with Leonard W. Sapp and Associates for several years. He returned to banking with Marine Bank, which later became Bank One. He retired as an assistant vice president in 1995.

He was an active member of West Side Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, Bible school teacher, youth sponsor, treasurer and finance chairman. He also was a member of the Kiwanis and Sertoma clubs in previous years.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Staab, with Vaughn Beeman and Gary Winkleman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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