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Dingell memorial services to be held in Michigan, Washington

A motorcade carrying his casket will pass the Capitol Tuesday, and a funeral will be held Thursday

Flags at the U.S. Capitol flew at half-staff Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, in memory of John Dingell who died Feb. 7 at age 92. (Bill Clark/ CQ Roll Call)

Updated Sunday 6 p.m. |  John D. Dingell will drive past the U.S. Capitol one last time Tuesday as part of memorial services remembering the longest-serving member of Congress. 

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 in his home state of Michigan. Services will be held in Dearborn, Michigan, Monday and Tuesday before he returns to Washington.

The Dingell family announced Sunday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will join Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis and Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton in speaking at the service in Dearborn.

A motorcade carrying his casket will be driven past the Capitol on the East Plaza after it arrives Tuesday, a press release said. The public is welcome to view the motorcade from the Capitol’s east lawn.

The House, which is scheduled to be in session Monday through Friday, will not hold any roll call votes Tuesday — an effort seemingly designed to accommodate members who want to attend Dingell’s funeral in Dearbon.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday for Dingell at Washington’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed by a reception at Georgetown University.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will speak the the service in D.C., as will current House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

Hoyer was among the late congressman’s final visitors. And Boehner and Dingell were longtime friends.

One of the more famous stories about Boehner and Dingell came when the House was debating a proposal to have the Food and Drug Administration regulate tobacco products

During the floor debate, Dingell said in response to the Ohio Republican that, “the distinguished gentleman, the minority leader, is going to be among the next to die. He is committing suicide every time he puffs on one of those.”

Dingell is a WWII-era veteran of the Army. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dingell spent nearly six decades on Capitol Hill. He leaves behind a lasting impact and legacy as a tireless advocate for causes including health care and the environment.

His death led to an outpouring of sympathies and remembrances of the legendary former dean of the House.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff Friday in his memory.

Before Dingell’s body returns to Washington, a Monday visitation will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday at Dearborn’s Church of the Divine Child at 11 a.m.

More information including pallbearers, eulogies, and more will be released as it is available, a press release said.

Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.

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