President Trump, Gov. Kelly order flags to half-staff to honor former-Rep. John Dingell

John David Dingell Jr. was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from December 13, 1955, until January 3, 2015, Photo Date: 10/18/16 / Photo: AFGE / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)
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WASHINGTON (WIBW/AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered flags across the country to fly at half-staff through sundown Saturday to honor former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history.

In a statement Friday, President Trump declared flags lowered "[a]s a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr."

Soon after the White House's declaration, Gov. Laura Kelly ordered flags to fly at half-staff.

“Representative Dingell had a remarkable career – one dedicated to public service and improving the lives of the people of Michigan and our country,” said Kelly. “My deepest condolences are with his family, friends and loved ones. May we honor his legacy of service by finding ways to give back in our own communities.”

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 while with his wife at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. Dingell represented parts of southeast Michigan for nearly 60 years in Congress before retiring in 2014.

A funeral and a public memorial will be held next week to honor him.

A public visitation will be held Monday at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. A funeral will be held at a local church Tuesday.

His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, says her husband will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. A funeral is also planned in Washington.

Tributes poured in following Dingell's death, including from former U.S. presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.