Former West Virginia Secretary of State passes away

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The State of West Virginia has lost one of its most unique public servants. 102-year-old Ken Hechler has died.

Hecher served as West Virginia Secretary of State from 1985 to 2001 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1977.

Hechler was a veteran of World War Two serving in the U.S. Army. He detailed some of his wartime experiences in a book entitled Bridge at Remagen, which was later made into a motion picture.

Hechler most recently was among candidates running for an open U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

He resided in the Eastern Panhandle town of Slanesville.

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