Funeral Arrangements for Senator Richard G. Lugar

May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

On behalf of the Lugar family, The Lugar Center issued the following statement regarding funeral and farewell arrangements for former United States Senator Richard Lugar:

The Lugar family extends its heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of condolences since the Senator’s unexpected death early Sunday. 

The funeral service will occur on Wednesday May 15 at 1pm at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  The Senator served as a lay elder at St Luke’s and his family were founding members.

Additionally, the Senator will lie in state in the Rotunda of the State Capitol for 24 hours prior to the funeral.  In a brief ceremony at noon on Tuesday May 14, Governor Holcomb will commence the memorial period, after which the Rotunda will be open for those who wish to pay respects at the catafalque.  The public will be welcome through sunset on Tuesday and from 8am through 11am on Wednesday.  The Lugar family will be available to greet well-wishers in the South Atrium of the Capitol from 2pm to 7pm on Tuesday the 14th. 

The seating capacity of the church will not permit everyone who wishes to attend the funeral to be there in person.  As space permits, we will admit as many as possible.  More information on this process will be forthcoming.

Additionally, so that all the Senator’s friends world-wide can view the funeral, the entire service will be streamed live on the internet.  More information on that will also be forthcoming.

We have received inquiries regarding memorial contributions; the family has asked that these be directed to The Lugar Center in order to continue the Senator’s work on nonproliferation, global food security and bipartisan governance. Click here.

Please address questions on these arrangements to Mark Lubbers at the following email address: