Former mid-Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton was remembered for his commitment to the military and approachable personality. Hundreds gathered to say goodbye in Skelton's hometown of Lexington. Skelton died from complications of pneumonia.
The crowd at Skelton's funeral Monday in his rural hometown of Lexington included numerous military leaders and elected officials from both Missouri and Washington.
Skelton died a week ago of complications from pneumonia. He was 81.
He served in the U.S. House for 34 years before losing re-election in 2010. Skelton was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, where he earned a reputation as an astute military historian and staunch advocate of the Armed Forces.
Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Methodist pastor, delivered the remarks at Skelton's funeral. He described Skelton as "one of the most trusted civilians by the military in this country."