Ethan Shane LaRue, 25, of Keyser, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at his home.
Born on Oct. 28, 1992, in Cumberland, Md., he was the oldest child of Terrell Shane and Wendy (Michael) LaRue of Keyser. Ethan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roger Michael of Romney, and Mary Sue (Freeland) Michael of Keyser.
Ethan was a 2011 graduate of Keyser High School and attended Potomac State College. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont. A former employee of Clancy's Irish Pub and the Stray Cat Wing Shop in Keyser, he also was an employee of CLI of Frederick, Md., and was presently working for ResCare in Keyser.
Ethan played Keyser football from first grade through his senior year of high school. He also began playing basketball from first grade, including four years at KHS. He attended W.Va. Boys State at Jackson's Mill as a Keyser High School Junior. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and of course, the WVU Mountaineers. He was also an avid musician and loved playing his guitar, especially with his band "Queen's Point." Music was his life and making people happy was his special gift. Ethan never met a stranger and had a heart as big as the moon.
Surviving, in addition to his parents are his paternal grandparents, Allan "Terry" and Janice LaRue of Piedmont; his brother, Caleb Michael LaRue and girlfriend, Leila Nash; his sisters, Morgan Michelle and Allison Marie LaRue, both at home; his aunt, Michelle Hose and husband Shayn of Moorefield, and many great aunts, uncles and cousins who truly loved him. He also leaves behind a long list of friends and a special "Band of Brothers" who shared his love for music and his zest for life. Ethan will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Bill Dawson officiating.
The family respectfully requests that all those attending either the visitation or funeral service to please dress in your favorite sports team's attire in honor of Ethan's love for sports.
The family also requests that memorial contributions be directed to the KHS Athletic Sports Complex Fund, 328 One Tornado Way, Keyser, WV 26726.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Ethan's obituary at smnithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on January 10, 2018