Died: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

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59, Indianapolis, peacefully completed the final leg of her life's journey on Wednesday, August 3 surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on March 31, 1958 to Robert and Jewell LaRue of Indianapolis. Judge LaRue was born in Indianapolis where she attended schools and graduated from North Central High School in 1976.

She attended Indiana University, Bloomington where she received her B. S. from the School of Public and Environmental Affiars (SPEA). While a student at Indiana University, Judge LaRue worked as a salaried intern with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB). As an intern, Judge LaRue's responsibilities included the analysis of employment contracts.agreements as well as benefit and salary comparison salaries. After graduating from Indiana University, Judge LaRue became Personnel Manager for Lazarus Department Store.

In November 1984, Judge LaRue became Human Resources Administrator for All State Insurance, Indianapolis, where she handled all types of employee relations matters. While working at All State, Judge LaRue decided to pursue her longtime dream of attending law school on a part-time basis to further her own effectiveness in the area of labor relations. During her last year of law school, Judge LaRue decided to pursue law school full time.

In 1989, Judge LaRue graduated cum laude from Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law. After graduating, Judge LaRue worked as a staff attorney at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She subsequently entered private practice as an associate at what became Haskin & LaRue, LLP in 1994 and was named a partner two years later. While in private practice, Judge LaRue gained extensive experience litigating employment-related matters involving discrimination and retaliation claims under TItle VII; the American with Disabilities Act; the Family & Medical Leave Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She also handled claims asserting various constitutional violations of due process rights, free speech, and political association violations; wage and hour violations; and claims under an array of federal labor acts.

On May 11, 2011, Judge LaRue was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as a Magistrate Judge by the Judical Conference of the United States. As a Magistrate Judge, she was adept at bringing complex cases to settlement, guiding both parties and attorneys to find an outcome acceptable to both sides. Her colleagues have said that Judge LaRue's demeanor both in chambers and on the bench was calm, encouraging and fair. She would address all who appeared in her court with patience and equanimity.

In addition to judicial responsibilities, Judge LaRue served on the Local Rules Adivsory Committee and Pro Bono Committee for the Southern District of Indiana. She was also a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 7th Circuit Bar Association and a Master with the Indianapolis Amaerican Inn of Court (President 2014-2016). She was a life member of the Marion County Bar Association. She served as a frequent speaker for continuing legal education courses, including a course on Civility in the Profession for the IBA's Applied Professionalism Course.

Judge LaRue served the IU SPEA Distinguished Alumni Council and the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Board of Visitors and was an Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow, a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A member of the Indianapolis Chapter of Links, Inc. and a an Associate mmeber of Jack & Jill of America.

She also became the 2007 Antionette Dakin Leach Award recipient from the Indianapolis Bar Association Women in Law Division. She was the 2007, Indianapolis Business Jurnal (IBJ) Indiana Super Lawyer and appeared in the Who's Who of Black Indianapolis for several years.

A 50 year plus member of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Judge LaRue has deep ties to her church and has been involved in many aspects of church services from the youth ministry as a teenager to a member of the finance committee, capital campaign committee, chair of the Women's Day luncheon for two years and currently an Elder.

Judge LaRue is survived by her son, Robert Ragland, her loving parents, Robert and Jewell LaRUe, her sister, Collette Duvalle (Reginald), niece Lauryn Duvalle and nephew Reggie Duvalle and special friend, George Brown and host of relatives and friends.

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Bradley L. Wilson
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
Denise was a joy and an inspiration to practice and talk with over the years. She meant a lot to me and was oftentimes a great encouragement. My prayers are for the family and friends for comfort, joy, and peace. May Denise be forever celebrated by her family and friends.

Kimber Monford-Hall
   Posted Thu August 03, 2017
To the LaRue family:

I am sad at heart to hear of Denise's passing. She was a wonderful and loving person. Continue to look to God for strength during this time. HE can NEVER fail!

I love you all.


   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Judge Denise will surely be missed by all family and friends but not forgotten and I know she had a deep impact on many people lives for the best. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and the family at this time.(2Corinthians 1:3,4). We all look forward to the day when our love ones will be resurrected soon. (John 5:28,29). Then paradise when there will be no more suffering, pain, mourning or enemy death. (Revelation 21:3,4). My deepest condolences.

Doris Pryor
   Posted Mon August 07, 2017

White Rose and Calla Fireside Basket was sent by Federal Bar Association .

May all litigants uphold the grace and civility displayed by the Honorable Judge Denise LaRue of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. -Federal Bar Association - Indianapolis

Andrew G. Jones
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
Denise was my mentor and my friend. Her passion for her profession and her love for her family, especially her son, was constantly on display and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know her not just professionally, but personally. She touched so many lives during hers and that legacy will live on long after her untimely passing. My sympathies and condolences go out to all who knew and loved her. RIP DKL.

Doris, Rashida and Akilah Doyle
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
My daughters and I would like to offer our prayers to Denise’s family and friends, but especially to Robert who spent Thanksgiving with us – Aunt Doris and the girls – while at Morehouse College. Time with Denise was too short and it is difficult to believe that she is gone. However her spirit and the fun memories of her will live on in us all.

God Bless,

The Doyle's

michael van asten
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017

White Rose and Calla Fireside Basket was sent by Mike Van Asten.

Cheryl and Donnie Anderson
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
My heart is broken to learn this morning that Denise passed away. Words are inadequate right now. Robert (and family), my prayers are with you and I know each day will bring comfort. Trust in God. He loves you and so do I.

Cheryl Anderson
Jack and Jill - Indianapolis Chapter

Marilyn Templeton, Jonathan Jennings Chapter DAR
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
I had the privilege to participate in a Naturalization Ceremony in Judge LaRue's court on November 6, 2014. Her remarks to the new citizens - to all of us - have forever stayed with me. She spoke of a quilt that her paternal grandmother made for her father when he was in basic training for the Air Force in 1944. The quilt did not have a set pattern, but was made with all different shapes and materials. It was a true labor of love, she said. Judge LaRue compared the quilt to America - where we come in all different shapes, sizes, colors. Our rights and freedoms are the threads that hold us together. We can practice our faith, vote, run for office, dream our dreams. But it is no "free lunch" - there are responsibilities. Be engaged citizens sharing talents as volunteers; writing a new book; singing a new song; discovering a new cure. She asked What is our nationality? We are Americans; God Bless You in America. After the ceremony, she inquired about a book I had mentioned in my remarks - Hope Was Worth the Risk - the story of my great grandfather coming to America from Scotland. Because of her sincere interest, I mailed her a copy and told her in a note how inspired I was due to her remarks and interest and that the joy of the entire experience would long be remembered...and obviously they have been. My sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the Honorable Denise K. LaRue. Well done, good and faithful servant. May you rest in peace.

Linda Rinker
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Denise’s family, friends, colleagues, and church community. Denise was a beautiful person, in all respects; her high intelligence, loving kindness, wisdom, and deep insight were a blessing to every one of us who came in contact with her. Her passing is a grief to all who knew her, and a real loss to the world.

Chris Wolcott
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
Like others who have already offered their condolences, I, too, had the great fortune of working under Denise. She was able to bring understanding and compassion to the practice of law that can otherwise be a difficult master. She connected with people on a personal level, let them know she appreciated the challenges they faced, and worked diligently to make their situation better. This is the legacy she leaves behind. Denise will be missed but not forgotten.

Vickie Bellamy
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
Denise was such a joy and a ray of sunshine every time I saw her. Her smile was as infectious and beautiful as she was each time we spoke. She motivated and encouraged me to pursue a life long dream of joining a sorority. I enjoyed our time together while she worked at Allstate as her intellect and care for others shown from her like a beacon of light for others. I was blessed to have known her. I admired her work and dedication to others. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to the LaRue Family and her wonderful son, Robert of whom she spoke of often and fondly on every occasion we spoke. 83 God's peace to you all.

Kim Byrd
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
I met Denise at a Book Club meeting when I was invited by a friend to attend many years ago. I was new to Indianapolis and really appreciated the interaction and friendship of book lovers and great women. I remember Denise being one of the first women I was introduced too. Her spirit was warm, kind and she immediately addressed me as "little sister". I continued to enjoy to Book Club meetings until I relocated and just heard the news. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers.

With prayer,

Kim (Thomas) Byrd

Wilbert Washington II
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
My sincere condolences to Denise's family and friends. We've all been blessed to have known such a brilliant woman of character, compassion, wisdom and kindness. I am honored to have grown up with her back in the day. Although I haven't seen Denise in many years, I have and never will forget what a wonderful person she is. May God bless her soul and bring comfort to her family.

Wilbert Washington II
NCHS '76

Diane Clements Boyd
   Posted Sat August 12, 2017
I would like to extend condolences to the family of Soror Denise Larue. I was fortunate to have known her as a civil rights litigator. A consummate professional and defender of justice, her litigation skills where second to none. I will miss her immensely. So blessed to have worked with her in upholding civil rights and to have known someone that made such a difference.

Diane Clements Boyd

Adele Ramey
   Posted Sat August 12, 2017
My heart is heavy at the loss of Denise. She was a bright and shining star in the Indianapolis legal community. She will definitely be missed.

Jennifer Wrede
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
I am just learning of Judge LaRue's passing. I am an attorney at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, and did not have the pleasure of knowing her on a personal level. However, in working with her on cases with the BOP, I found her to be fair, respectful and kind hearted. I am very saddened by the news of her passing and am so very sorry for your loss.

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