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.
Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered all U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday to honor Skelton.
“Our country is more secure because of what Ike Skelton accomplished in Congress in a manner that was intelligent, humble and dignified,” Nixon said in a statement. “By lowering the flags, we remember his legacy and pay our respects to this great American."
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.