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Gov. Reynolds orders flags to half-staff to honor late Gov. Robert Ray

FILE - In a Jan. 12, 1982 file photo, Iowa Governor Robert Ray, left, enjoys a light moment at the Statehouse podium with Lt. Governor Terry Branstad after the Condition of the State speech. Former longtime Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees relocate to the state and defined Iowa’s GOP politics for years, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, according to Ray’s former chief of staff David Oman. He was 89. (AP Photo/Bill Daniel, File)

Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff to remember former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray.

Flags should be lowered from sunrise on Thursday, July 12, 2018, to sunset on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Ray passed away Sunday at the age of 89. He governed Iowa for 14 years and shaped Iowa GOP politics for years to come. He also helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees relocate to the state.

"Governor Ray's legacy lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation,” Gov. Reynolds said in a release. “His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed. May our prayers and thoughts bring peace to First Lady Billie Ray, her daughters and family at this time."

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