Missouri Capitol hosts memorial for former Gov. Hearnes

JEFFERSON CITY | Missourians are paying their respects to former Gov. Warren Hearnes.

Dozens of people are passing through the state Capitol to view Hearnes' casket — lying on a marble slate with a Missouri flag draped over it — and to express their condolences to the late governor's family.

Later Wednesday, hundreds are expected for a memorial service that is to be attended by Gov. Jay Nixon, four previous Missouri governors and seven first ladies.

Hearnes died late Sunday night at the age of 86 at his home in Charleston.

He was the first Missouri governor to serve two full consecutive terms, from 1965 to 1973. During his tenure, Missouri greatly expanded its spending for mental health care, public schools and state colleges and universities.

Hearnes also served in the Missouri House and as secretary of state.