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Indiana Statehouse ceremony honors late Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has attended a solemn Statehouse memorial for former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen. 

Pence bowed his head in silence Wednesday morning as he stood in the Statehouse Rotunda before a wreath honoring the late governor, who died Saturday at age 95.

An honor guard moved the mounted wreath several feet into position before a platform holding Bowen's state portrait and bust as Pence followed, his right hand resting on the wreath.

Pence made no remarks before signing a condolence book that will be sent to Bowen's family. The public can sign that condolence book Wednesday and Thursday at the Statehouse.

Bowen's funeral will be Friday in Bremen. He was governor for eight years beginning in 1973 and was U.S. health and human services secretary under President Ronald Reagan.

Hoosiers are encouraged to visit the memorial during Statehouse hours, 8:00 to 5:00 EDT, Wednesday and Thursday (May 8-9) to sign the condolence book, view former Governor Bowen's portrait and bust and learn more about this Hoosier leader and public servant.

Former Governor Bowen's wake will take place in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 3:00 today (Wednesday, May 8) and from 4:00 to 8:00 tomorrow (Thursday, May 9). The funeral will take place Friday in Bremen.

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