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Obituary - May 8, 2019

Richard Green Lugar

April 4, 1932-April 28, 2019

Former U.S. Sen. Richard “Dick” Green Lugar, 87, was born April 4, 1932, in Indianapolis, Ind., and passed away April 28, 2019, in Falls Church, Va. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlene (Smeltzer), and sons Mark, Bob, John, and David and their families, among other family and friends.

On behalf of Lugar’s family, The Lugar Center expressed gratitude for the condolences they have received, as well as the following statement regarding funeral and farewell arrangements. The funeral service will occur on May 15 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, where Lugar served as a lay elder, and his family were founding members.

Additionally, he will lie in state in the Rotunda of the State Capitol for 24 hours prior to the funeral. In a brief ceremony at noon on May 14, Gov. Eric Holcomb will commence the memorial period, after which the Rotunda will be open for those who wish to pay respects at the catafalque.

The public will be welcome through sunset that day, and from 8-11 a.m. May 15. The Lugar family will be available to greet well-wishers in the South Atrium of the Capitol from 2-7 p.m. on May 14.

The seating capacity of the church will not permit everyone who wishes to attend the funeral to be there in person. As space permits, it will admit as many as possible. Additionally, so that all the Senator’s friends worldwide can view the funeral, the entire service will be streamed live on the internet; learn more at

The family has asked that any memorial contributions be directed to The Lugar Center, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1125, Washington, D.C. 20004, in order to continue the Senator’s work on nonproliferation, global food security, and bipartisan governance.

Please address questions on these arrangements to Mark Lubbers by email at