BILLINGS –A funeral service was held Friday for former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

About 1,000 people attended the service, including all of Montana’s congressional delegation and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock also attended the event, as did former Gov. Marc Racicot

Former congressmen Denny Rehberg and Ron Marlenee and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox were also in attendance.

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The service was officiated by Pastor Darren Paulson of Atonement Lutheran Church.

The Republican served Montana in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2007.

Burns died at his home in Billings on April 28 at age 81. He suffered a stroke in December 2009, but was still active in the Billings community.

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