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July 7, 2014

Funeral services for Alan Dixon tentatively scheduled for Monday

Funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon, who died Sunday at his home in Fairview Heights, is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Tentative plans are for visitation from 3-8 p.m. Sunday and 10-11 a.m. Monday at Lindenwood.

Renner Funeral Home, Belleville, is handling arrangements.

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The former senator is widely remembered for his political service to Illinois and his friendly, easy-going style. Following are some of the comments left by well-wishers at

Those of us that grew up with (Jody) and Alan had the privilege of knowing him almost all our lives. I remember how impressed my dad was when Alan got elected at age 21. ... My heart and prayers go out to you and your family -- he was a bigger-than-life presence and we will all miss him terribly.

Rosie (Buchmann) Miller, Glen Carbon

I was blessed to have worked with Alan Dixon in service to the people of Illinois. I am saddened at the loss of this brilliant, principled man who never forgot where he came from, but I am hopeful Jody and the Dixon family find comfort in the knowledge that Alan's wonderful legacy of service, integrity and genuine fellowship will endure forever.

Eric Schulz, Springfield, Va.

Alan Dixon grew up in Belleville. His father, as I remember and memory is not always correct, was a precinct committeeman. I can remember his sitting between two good teachers at night learning politics from Pete Gaerdner and Vic Geolet. He was a justice of the peace at the time. He went to West High School on Main Street. He was full of fun and pranks even then.

Joanne Kurtz, Belleville

While working for WIBV radio, I covered a Mel Price event at Fischer's restaurant. Afterwards, I had a beer in the bar and Alan Dixon came in and sat with several of us, just shooting the breeze for 15 or 20 minutes. A very nice, courteous officeholder who didn't carry pretensions of his success. He also appeared several times on our talk show ... and freely shared his thoughts on a variety of issues.

How different would our country be today if we had more Alan Dixons in Congress?

Jack LeChien, SIU Carbondale/Edwardsville

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