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Ike Skelton

Funeral services have been announced for former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton.

The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Monday on the campus of Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington. A burial service with military rites is scheduled for later that day at a Lexington cemetery.

Skelton died this past Monday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Virginia. He was 81.

Former Rep. Ike Skelton dead at 81

Oct 29, 2013
Ike Skelton

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.

The Lexington, Mo., native was a Democrat and former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Former Missouri congressman Ike Skelton heads to the University of Missouri campus Wednesday to address aspiring politicians and other students in the Truman School of Public Affairs.

Skelton, a Democrat, spent 34 years in the U.S. House. He chaired the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 through 2010, the year he lost the general election to Republican Vicky Hartzler.

Skelton now lobbies in Washington for the Missouri law firm of Husch Blackwell. He's also on the advisory board of the Center for New American Security.