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LaRue Schlachter - March 23, 2013


LaRue Arwilla (Heermann) Schlachter died and went to her eternal home March 23, 2013, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. LaRue was born at the rural home of her parents, Emil and Rena Heermann, on May 29, 1927, east of Holyoke.

She was baptized as an infant at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church on June 5, 1927, in Amherst and confirmed her faith on April 6, 1941, at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. She attended grade school at a one-room school, Evergreen School, about a mile from her home, and graduated from Phillips County High School in Holyoke in 1945.

After graduation, LaRue worked at the Phillips County Treasurer’s office in Holyoke until she married Kenneth Schlachter on March 2, 1947, after he returned from military duty with the U.S. Army during World War II. Together they made a home and began farming northeast of Holyoke.

LaRue was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, playing organ for the worship services and helping with the mission of the Ladies Aid. She was also a 4-H Club leader. After her children left home, she enjoyed a successful business selling advertising products in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Rena Heermann; her husband, Kenneth Schlachter; and great-granddaughter, Marie Schlachter.

LaRue is survived by her sisters, Lois Schlachter and Louise Worley, both of Holyoke; children, Steven Schlachter of Holyoke, Perry Schlachter and wife Lois of Monument, Peggy Pepmiller and husband Rick of Estes Park and Norman Schlachter and wife Lisa of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Stacey Price, Lucas Schlachter, Preston Schlachter, Shannon West, Kimberly Pepmiller, Jilson Schlachter and Jerica Schlachter; and nine great-grandchildren. She will be missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke with Reverend Gary Rahe officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or The Lutheran Hour.

Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the arrangements.