Funeral for former Governor George Leader set for Thursday

Written by The Associated Press | May 10, 2013 11:53 AM

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(Hershey) -- Funeral services for former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader are set for next week.

The Country Meadows retirement home in Hershey, part of a chain that Leader and his wife founded, says a viewing will be held at the Hoover Funeral Home in Hershey on Wednesday.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey. Burial will at a later date.

Leader, a Democrat who served a four-term term as governor in the 1950s, fought for reforms in government and public education. After leaving office, he had a successful business career but also kept his hand in politics.

He died Thursday following a brief illness at age 95.

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