- Associated Press - Friday, October 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a funeral for a high-ranking Mormon (all times local):

11:33 a.m.

Mormon leader Robert D. Hales is being remembered as quick-witted, wise and devoted church servant at a funeral in Salt Lake City.

Fellow Mormon leader Russell M. Nelson said Friday before 2,500 people in attendance that Hales‘ “wisdom, insight and influence” will be missed.

The 85-year-old Hales died Sunday from complications related to his age. He is the fourth top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to die in the last three years.

Hales was a member of a top church governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994 and served in lower-tier church panels for two decades before that.

The New York City native was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before going to help guide the church.

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5:35 a.m.

Mormons will gather at a funeral Friday in Salt Lake City at the religion’s historic Tabernacle to honor the life of high-ranking church leader Robert D. Hales, who died at the age of 85.

Hales died Sunday from complications related to his age. He is the fourth top LDS Church leader to die in the last three years.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. MDT at the Tabernacle, which has capacity for 2,500 people.

Hales was a member of a top church governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994. The New York City native was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before going to help guide the church.

A replacement for Hales will be chosen at a later date.

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