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Ray motorcade will tour Des Moines before Capitol ceremony

July 12, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former longtime Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray will be the first person in 63 years to lie in state at the Iowa Capitol.

Ray’s body will be brought Thursday afternoon to the Capitol. His funeral will be Friday.

Ray was born in Des Moines, was educated in the city and served as mayor after his tenure as governor.

Recognizing his ties to the city, a motorcade transporting Ray’s body to the Capitol will first pass locations important to him, including the governor’s mansion, Roosevelt High School, Drake University and Des Moines City Hall. The motorcade will arrive at the Capitol about 4:30 p.m., and a wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

The five-term former governor died Sunday at age 89.

The last person to lie in state at the Capitol was former Gov. William Beardsley in 1954.

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