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Several hundred people, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, former Gov. Kay Orr and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, gathered in the Cornhusker Marriott hotel ballroom on Tuesday to attend a memorial service celebrating the life of former Gov. Charley Thone, who died in Lincoln last week at the age of 94.

“He touched our lives and he made us better,” State Treasurer Don Stenberg said in delivering one of several tributes.

“What an empty space Charley Thone will leave,” Ruth Thone, his widow, told the crowd.

Photos: Thone through the years

 

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Political reporter

Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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