The visitation and funeral for former Rep. John Dingell, will be held in Dearborn.
Dingell, a World War Two veteran, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
A visitation will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dearborn.
Dates and times have not been announced.
Debbie Dingell has this post this morning:
“To all our friends. My heart is broken. My true love is gone. The tears are flowing pretty freely as I miss the man that made me whole. One can know it is coming, but nothing prepares you for the hole in your heart. He was my one and only true love. Know he loved everyone of you And was proud to call you friend. D2,” That’s Debbie Dingell’s statement following her announcement last night that John Dingell had died, following his bout with cancer. It was the last of a number of ravages of old age that took their toll on him physically, but he kept in touch with America in his many Tweets, which were followed by hundreds of thousands.
Dingell recently entered hospice care after a cancer diagnosis. First elected in 1955, Dingell became revered on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill for his legislative prowess while shaping some of the most consequential bills in the last century. Including major environmental and energy laws. He helped increase access to health care. He helped lead civil rights bills thru. And every bill for more than 50 years affecting the auto industry, Dingell either wrote or had a major role in passing.
he died last evening at his home in dearborn.
His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, said she was home with John as they “entered a new phase,” while also asking for “prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”
In September, John suffered a heart attack but was in good spirits and treated at Henry Ford Hospital.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dingell enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served until 1946 after his discharge following World War II. He took over the seat that was held by his father, John Sr., after his father’s death in 1955.
During his time in Congress, Dingell was the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1981-1995 and 2007-2009.
He helped lead the passage of the civil rights legislation of the 60’s