(Neb)-Former Neb Governor Charley Thone Dies At Age 94
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Former Nebraska Governor Charley Thone has died at the age of 94.
Law partner and longtime friend Mark Schorr says the former Republican chief executive died around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday of natural causes. He is survived by his wife, former first lady Ruth Thone, and three daughters.
Thone served as an assistant attorney general and assistant U-S Attorney for Nebraska before winning election in 1970 to the U-S House in the 1st Congressional District.
He served from 1971 to 1979, then gave up the seat to run for governor in 1978. He won, but served only one term before losing his re-election bid in 1982 to Democrat Bob Kerrey.
Thone grew up on a 400-acre farm north of Hartington and before he arrived in public office served as the Nebraska Republican Party's state chairman.
In Congress, Thone served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, where he investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
As governor, Thone had the misfortune to serve in the midst of a national recession that left Nebraska facing major budget problems nearly his entire term.
Governor Pete Ricketts and state leaders of both parties have issued statements honoring Thone, with Ricketts ordering that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise Thursday to sunset next Tuesday.
Ricketts praised Thone as "a man of integrity who provided stable leadership as Nebraska endured a national recession" and who will be remembered for his legacy of fiscal responsibility as governor and congressman.
Two-term State Treasurer and 3-term Attorney General Don Stenberg was an aide to Governor Thone and says his career in politics and government wouldn't have been possible without Thone's "support and wise counsel."
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