Flags across Missouri will be flown at half-staff Monday in honor of longtime Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, who died last week in Arlington, Virginia.
Skelton had represented Missouri's fouth district in the U.S. House from 1977 to 2011.
Funeral services will be later this morning at Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Missouri.
Skelton was 81 years old when he died.
LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Funeral services have been announced for former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton.
The Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home says visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in Grondyke Hall at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington.
Skelton's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wikoff Hall, also on the Wentworth campus. A burial service with military rites is to occur at the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington.
Skelton died this past Monday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Virginia. He was 81.
Skelton served in the U.S. House for 34 years before losing re-election in 2010. He never served in the military but was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a staunch advocate for the armed forces.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, a champion of the military who served 17 terms in the U.S. House before losing a re-election bid in 2010, has died. He was 81.
Skelton died Monday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by family and friends, including longtime colleague Russell Orban.
The cause was not immediately released, but Orban says Skelton entered the hospital a week earlier with a cough. Oban confirmed Skelton's death to The Associated Press.
The Lexington, Mo., native was a Democrat and former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Skelton lost to Republican Vicky Hartzler in 2010 in western Missouri's 4th Congressional District. He then joined the law firm of Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell, working in its offices in Kansas City and Washington.