Statewide Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered flags in the state be lowered to half Staff Thursday and Friday in honor of former Governor Robert Ray, who passed away this past weekend.
Governor Reynolds order will have flags at the State Capitol Building, the Capitol Complex, public buildings, grounds and facilities lowered to half-staff from sunrise Thursday to sunset Friday. In addition to the state facilities, Reynolds has requested flags throughout the state of Iowa be lowered to half-staff during that time, in honor of the former Governor.
Robert D. Ray was elected Governor of Iowa in 1968, and served in that office until 1983. The 5-term governor passed away Sunday (July 8th) at the age of 89. A Ray family spokesman says the former governor was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Governor Ray will lie in state at the Iowa Capitol Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. He’ll be the 10th Iowan to lie in state at the capitol, and the first since 1954.
Governor Ray’s funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 at First Christian Church in Des Moines.