- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - People are gathering Friday to honor former Colorado Sen. William Armstrong, a major conservative voice during the Reagan administration.

Armstrong passed away last week after a five-year battle with cancer at the age of 79. His funeral is being held at 10:30 a.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch. The services are open to the public.

Armstrong was a prominent media executive before entering politics. He served in the state legislature, three terms as a U.S. congressman and two terms as a senator. He then became president of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

Armstrong is survived by his wife, Ellen, two children and eight grandchildren.

Flags on state buildings are being flown at half-staff to honor Armstrong.

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