LINCOLN, Neb. - Former Nebraska Governor Charley Thone has died at the age of 94, according to longtime friend and law partner Mark Schorr.
Thone died peacefully at his Lincoln home around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday after spending a couple weeks on hospice care. He had battled several issues since a severe golf cart accident in 2011, Schorr said.
“He’d like to be remembered as a governor who was proud that he was able to help the people of Nebraska and affect the lives of Nebraskans in a positive way," said Schorr.
Thone, a republican, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected governor in 1978. He served one term and was followed by Bob Kerrey.
“Governor Thone was a man of integrity who provided stable leadership as Nebraska endured a national recession," Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a statement. "While we mourn his passing, the people of Nebraska will remember his legacy of fiscal responsibility as Governor of Nebraska and Congressman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruthie and the entire Thone family as the state honors a true public servant."
Thone was born in Hartington, Neb., in 1924 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II before graduating from Nebraska's College of Law in 1950.
Services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.