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Funeral Services for Former U.S. Congressman Ken Gray

Funeral Services for Former U.S. Congressman Ken Gray

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Family, friends and constituents of former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois are getting their chance to pay their respects.

Services were planned for Saturday afternoon at the Benton Civic Center for the Democrat, who died a week ago at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.

Gray was 89.

The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the “Prince of Pork.”

Visitation for Gray was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday until service time at the civic center.

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