A man with my name, only a little older (61) died in Grass Valley, California on January 12. It happens that my family and I were out there in 2008 to a wedding. It also happens that this other James H. LaRue was born in Harvey, IL, not that far from where I was born. I'm not aware of this branch of the family. But it's clear from his picture in the obituary notice (click on this entry's title to see it) that he's definitely kin. He sounds like an interesting guy. I'm sorry I didn't know him.