Gillmor, a Republican known for his quiet, low-key approach, spent four decades in politics, including nearly 20 years in Congress. He was found dead in his apartment in suburban
Gillmor’s closed, American flag-draped casket was flanked by Ohio National Guard Honor Guard members, flowers and two standing flags — one
Among those attending were Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, House Minority Leader John Boehner and other members of the
Gillmor was a “very kind and gentle man,” said Judy Stalter of
“I have the highest respect for him,” said Stalter, who was joined at the statehouse Tuesday by husband Charles. “He will be really missed in the political scheme of things.”
A memorial service for Gillmor, 68, followed the viewing in the adjacent Atrium. Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who served with Gillmor in the U.S. House for 12 years, was among those who spoke.
Gillmor’s family, members of
Gillmor was elected to Congress in 1988 after serving in the Ohio Senate since 1967. He was Senate president from 1981-83 and 1985-89.
Gillmor joins a select list of people chosen to lie in state in the state Capitol. Only six other people, including President Abraham Lincoln, have lain in state in the Rotunda, the highest Statehouse honor. The first was arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane in 1857, while the building was under construction. The last was four-term Gov. James A. Rhodes in 2001.
Calling hours for Gillmor will be held Wednesday in
A medical examiner’s report released Friday in