A former United States Senator has sadly just passed away. At the age of 92, Walter "Dee" Huddleston died in his sleep. His son confirmed the news.
“He died peacefully in his sleep,” said Stephen Huddleston, an attorney. “He was a gentleman. He comported himself with dignity with everything that happened to him.”
Huddleston served as a Democratic Senator from 1973 until 1985. He was succeeded by Mitch McConnell. McConnell has issued the following statement about Dee's passing.
“I want to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Senator Walter ‘Dee’ Huddleston. As a member of the Greatest Generation, Dee proudly served Kentucky and our nation: first in the United States Army, next in Frankfort, and then in the U.S. Senate. With a serious approach to the issues and a constant support for our agriculture, Dee earned the respect of his colleagues and Kentuckians throughout the Commonwealth. When we each had the opportunity to share our visions for Kentucky’s future in 1984, I experienced Dee’s tenacity, competitiveness, and skill firsthand. He was a tough competitor, and I always respected him for his service to our home state. Elaine and I were saddened to hear of Dee’s passing, and I hope that the memories of his life will bring comfort to those who knew him in this time of grief," read the statement.
Huddleston was a World War II combat veteran and radio station manager. He entered into politics by helping run campaigns for other candidates before deciding to run for office himself. He was one of 11 children and went on to have two sons of his own.
Please join us in sending our deepest sympathies and prayers to Walter's family. We pray that God's love and mercy helps them find peace during this sad time.
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