Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's body lies in state before funeral Wednesday
SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians paid their respects to the late Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at a funeral Wednesday afternoon.
Richardson died on Feb. 26, after a battle with brain cancer. He was 69 years old.
Richardson’s body lay in state at the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. The state funeral began at 2 p.m. in the House of Representatives Chamber.
He was the first Republican to hold the secretary of state office since the 1980s.
Former state Rep. Julie Parrish helped run his campaign.
“He was there to serve all Oregonians and not just to party when he got to the Secretary of State’s Office. And he showed that, frankly, Republicans have solutions to some of the most pressing problems in our state and that we can govern and govern fairly and, so, it’s – I’m heartbroken,” she said in an interview after learning of Richardson’s death.
Richardson was a highly decorated helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War.
He practiced law in Central Point. He was a husband, a father of nine and a grandfather of 31.
Gov. Kate Brown ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Richardson, from sun up to sun down.
Brown is expected to name Richardson’s successor in the coming weeks.
State funeral held for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson: