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Richard W. LaRose


Funeral services for Richard W. LaRose, age 88, of Ogdensburg will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Catherdral with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery following the funeral services with military honors. Calling hours will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Frary Funeral Home on 515 Caroline Street on Friday, November 29, 2013 before funeral services. Mr. LaRose passed away at Riverledge Nursing Home on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Richard is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of 67 years; a daughter, Christine of Macomb, NY; five sisters, Elizabeth Spoon of Rome, NY, Ola King of Ogdensburg, Florence Tosh and her husband, Jack, of Florida, Jane Rishe and her husband, Allan and Mary Ellen Seymour and her husband, William, both of Ogdensburg; two step-sisters, Marie Craven of Ogdensburg and Elaine Craig of Flackville; a step brother, Jim Rishe, of New Mexico and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Richard Nelson LaRose in 1960; two brothers, Francis and Henry LaRose; a sister, Isabelle Andrews and two step brothers, Lester and Kenneth Rishe.

Mr. LaRose was born on August 28, 1925 in Ogdensburg, the son of Nelson and Mary Graveline LaRose. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. Richard joined the United States Navy in 1943 where he served on the USS BOXER and was honorably discharged in 1946 as Lieutenant 2nd Class. During his service he received the Victory Medal. He then went on to join the United States Army in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1952 where he served as a Sergeant. He married Eleanor Morrow on July 11, 1946 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. A. D. Charbonneau officiating. Mr. LaRose was employed by White Westing House as a district manager in California. Mr. and Mrs. LaRose moved back to Ogdensburg from California in 1996.

He was a 4th degree knight of the Knights of Columbus as well as a past member of the VFW.

Richard enjoyed playing golf and working around the house and spending time with his family.

Donations may be made in his memory to the St. Lawrence Valley Chapter of Hospice and Palliative Care at 6805 US Route 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.

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