Charles Thone, former governor and congressman, has died at the age of 94.
Thone, raised on a farm near Hartington, represented the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska from 1971 to 1979. Thone served on the House Agriculture Committee. Thone, a Republican, also served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, investigating the death of President John F. Kennedy.
Thone, known as Charley to Nebraskans, returned to the state to be elected governor in 1978. As governor, Thone concentrated on education and economic development. Thone failed in his re-election bid in 1982 to Democrat Bob Kerrey.
After public service, Thone returned to practicing law.