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Services set for former Illinois congressman Gray

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

BENTON (AP) – Services are scheduled for next weekend for late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois.

Gray was 89 when he died Saturday at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.

The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the “Prince of Pork.”

Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort says Gray’s services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Benton Civic Center. That’s where visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until service time.

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