Family members stand at the casket containing the remains of former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. before visitation and funeral service at the Statehouse Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Indianapolis. Jacobs died Saturday, Dec. 28. 2013 at age 81. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: February 5, 2014 6:03AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Family members and state leaders are remembering former U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr. as a humble public servant who was guided by integrity and frugality.
Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson recounted Jacobs’ life before an audience of hundreds during his funeral service Friday in the Statehouse Rotunda. And Jacobs’ two sons told humorous stories of their father’s personal frugality.
Jacobs died last week at the age of 81.
Many mourners filed past the flag-draped casket of the Marine veteran of the Korean War after it was brought into the Statehouse two hours before the service.
Jacobs represented Indianapolis in Congress from 1965-73 and again from 1975-97. The Democratic lawmaker had a hand in crafting the 1965 Voting Rights Act and opposed the Vietnam War.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky remembered Jacobs as a dear friend with whom he served for many years. Visclosky offered his deepest sympathy to Jacobs’ wife, Kim, and his sons.
“Andy was a gentleman of unquestioned integrity, sterling intellect and keen wit who devoted his life to public service,” Visclosky said.
He said Jacobs was a devoted family man and, while the late congressman was his senior, Visclosky said their sons were born in tandem and he and Jacobs shared many conversations over the years about raising their children.
“Andy always had a story. The story always had a meaning,” Visclosky said. “Those lessons will continue to enrich each of us and our nation.”
“We need more people like him,” Visclosky said.
Post-Tribune correspondent Carrie Napoleon contributed to this report