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July 12, 2018
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Honor Guard members carry the casket of former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray before a ceremony, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on ceremonies honoring former Gov. Robert D. Ray (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Vietnam War refugees from southeast Asia and their families led the public in paying respects to former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

A wreath-laying ceremony preceded public visitation Thursday in the Capitol rotunda, where Ray’s body lay in state. Ray’s granddaughters, Gov. Kim Reynolds and representatives of the state’s Asian community participated by placing wreaths on Ray’s casket, which was draped in an American flag.

The rotunda was filled with people who waited hours to pay their respects to the popular five-term governor, who helped thousands of refugees relocate to Iowa in the 1970s. Ray also helped rebuild the Iowa Republican Party in the 1960s.

Ray died Sunday at age 89. A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Des Moines.

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4:30 p.m.

The body of former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray has arrived at the Iowa Capitol to lie in state for a wreath-laying ceremony and public visitation.

Ray’s body will be guarded in the rotunda Thursday by members of the Iowa Air and Army National Guard, Iowa State Patrol and Des Moines Police Department. Ray led all of the agencies during his tenure as governor and later as mayor of Des Moines.

Wreaths will be laid on the governor’s casket by his granddaughters, Gov. Kim Reynolds and representatives of the state’s Asian community, who will then lead a procession of Iowans filing past the casket to pay their respects. Ray is well-known for accepting thousands of Vietnam War refugees from southeast Asia in the 1970s.

A funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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4:15 p.m.

The motorcade taking former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray to lie in state at the Iowa Capitol has started its journey across Des Moines.

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

In recognitions of his ties to the city, a motorcade transporting Ray’s body to the Capitol will first pass locations that were important in his life, including the governor’s official residence, Roosevelt High School, Drake University and Des Moines City Hall. Des Moines police vehicles will lead the motorcade through Des Moines, and state troopers will finish escorting the motorcade to the Capitol.

A wreath-laying ceremony will begin about 5 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda followed by visitation until 8:30 p.m. A funeral will be held Friday afternoon in Des Moines.

Ray died Sunday at age 89. He was governor for 14 years and was a past president of Drake University and mayor of Des Moines.

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2:10 p.m.

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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