Westside volunteer La Rue Ebersole dies
La Rue Ebersole, who grew up on the Westside and was a long-time volunteer and board member with the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), died
July 3 of pneumonia. He was 82 years old.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia, two daughters, a son, and a grandson.
He was a World War II veteran, in which he was a Navy minesweeper, and later worked 38 years for Colorado Interstate Gas. He and his wife were active for years with area dance clubs; other activities included membership in the Professional Engineers of Colorado and the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.
His grandfather, J.C. McCreary, was a prominent Westside newspaper publisher and printer in the first half of the 20th century. Ebersole's father, C.L. Ebersole, also published a Westside weekly paper from 1930-32. In the OCCHS' annual Cemetery Crawl, La Rue Ebersole would portray his grandfather.
According to Westsider Dave Hughes, also an OCCHS board member, 200 people attended Ebersole's funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church. A wireless service provider, Hughes said he will miss conversations with Ebersole about advanced technology. At the service, Hughes said the pastor noted that “La Rue had fixed up the wiring in their basement.”
Tom Hendrix, another OCCHS volunteer, recalled that Ebersole “was good to work with. He was always dependable and he always knew where to go and what to do He was a joy to be around. I know he was in a lot of pain with his knees, but he didn't complain a lot.”
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