Beloved former Governor Robert Ray passes away at age 89

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Beloved former governor Robert Ray passed away Sunday, September 7 at age 89.

Ray was elected governor in 1969 and served five terms.

The former governor has left behind a ground breaking legacy. 

From aiding refugees displaced by the Vietnam War to laws protecting native American burial grounds.

His work was so expansive that several of Iowa’s leaders are reflecting on Governor Ray’s death.

Kim Reynolds said in a public statement, “Governor Ray’s lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation. His civility, courage, and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed.”

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