PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The funeral for former U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor will be Saturday in Pierre.
Abdnor, the South Dakota Republican who ousted George McGovern from the Senate, died Wednesday at the age of 89. He had been in hospice care recently.
Sen. John Thune, who describes Abdnor as a mentor, will give the eulogy at the 11:30 a.m. funeral at Lutheran Memorial Church. On Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., family members will hold a visitation at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.
Abdnor was a four-term congressman when he unseated McGovern, Democrats’ 1972 presidential nominee. But he lost his seat after one term to Tom Daschle.
A brother and sister preceded Abdnor in death, but nieces and nephews scattered across the country regularly visited him in Sioux Falls.
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