HIGHLAND, NY — Joseph Francis Ladue, "Joe", 89, of Highland, N.Y., peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on Sept. 14, 1924, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of J. Francis Ladue and Hannah Ryan Ladue. He was the grandson of Joseph Ladue who founded Dawson City during the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898.
Joe married Anita Poissant Ladue on May 3, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in Chazy, N.Y. Childhood sweethearts, Joe knew from the 5th grade on that Anita was the girl for him. They attended Chazy Central Rural School and graduated together in 1942 at the top of their class, Anita as Valedictorian and Joseph as Salutatorian. During his school years he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and he achieved their highest honor in 1942, Eagle Scout. Joe was extremely proud of this achievement, and even more so when 56 years later he attended the ceremony at which his grandson, Kevin Judge received his Eagle Scout award.
Joe graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y., with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Honorary Engineering Society. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers having served in the Pacific area.
He was an expert in the field of bookbinding machinery and worked at Sheridan Iron Works in Champlain, N.Y., before moving to Highland and taking the position of Manager of Engineering and Maintenance at Western Publishing Company in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After Western closed, he worked at Hamilton Printing Company in Castleton, N.Y. Semi-retired he worked for the Town of Lloyd Building Department for a number of years.
Joe was an active communicant of St. Augustine's Parish serving as a Trustee, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Bingo Chairman, member of the Holy Name Society and the Parish Council. He and his wife founded the "One More Time" Thrift Shop at St. Augustine, which over the years has helped to serve the needy in the community.