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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, left, pauses after Pence and Indiana National Guard Sgt. Chris Purtlebaugh, right, placed a wreath at a public memorial for former Gov. Otis R. Bowen at the Statehouse Rotunda Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Former Ind. Gov. Bowen's hometown set for funeral

BREMEN, Ind. (AP) — The northern Indiana hometown of former Gov. Otis Bowen is set to honor him during his funeral services.

Bowen's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bremen. Bowen died Saturday at the age of 95.

Bowen was a family doctor in Bremen for 25 years, during which time he estimated he delivered 3,000 babies.

He became active in Republican politics and was Indiana House speaker before winning elections as governor in 1972 and 1976. Bowen later was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary under President Ronald Reagan.

Bremen police chief Matt Hassel tells WSBT-TV that the town is prepared for several thousand people to attend Bowen's funeral and line the procession route.