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a ruggedly humble Senator who stood exclusively for American interests. For that, too, we who remain behind must send him final gratitude, and wish him every success as he delivers the votes on the celestial Senate floor.

Mr. HRUSKA. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the Record the text of the funeral service for the late Senator EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, held on September 10, 1969, at the National Presbyterian Chuch, and at the graveside service held for him on September 11, 1969, in Pekin, Ill. The first services were conducted by the Reverend Edward L. R. Elson, the Chaplain of the Senate, assisted by the Reverend Charles H. Reckard; the second services were conducted by the Reverend Edward L. R. Elson, and assisted by the Reverend Charles H. Reckard and the Reverend Ralph H. Cordes, the latter being from Pekin, Ill.



1969, I P.M. The Rev. Edward L. R. Elson, D.D., officiating, assisted by The Rev. Charles H. Reckard.

The United States Army Chorus, Captain Allen Crowell, Director.
Sentences from Holy Scripture, Dr. Elson:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

“I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless His Holy Name.” Prayer, Mr. Reckard:

"Eternal Father, in whom we live and move and have our being, draw us close to thee this hour; and let thy light and job fill our souls as we offer unto thee the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts for the mystery and wonder of life here and hereafter. We thank thee for the revelation of thyself in Jesus Christ, and for the everlasting hope set before us in the gospel. Speak to us thy living word, that we may have thy comfort and strength and walk henceforth in newness of life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Hymn, “How Firm A Foundation" to the tune of Adeste Fideles, The United States Army Chorus:

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled ?
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

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“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
For I am Thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake,
I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”

Psalm 46, Mr. Reckard:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 23, Mr. Reckard:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Poem, “The Traveler," by James Dillet Freeman, Mr. Reckard:

"He has put on invisibility.
Dear Lord, I cannot see-
But this I know, although the road ascends
And passes from my sight,
That there will be no night;
That You will take him gently by the hand
And lead him on
Along the road of life that never ends,
And he will find it is not death but dawn.
I do not doubt that You are there as here,
And You will hold him dear.

“Our life did not begin with birth,
It is not of the earth;
And this what we call death, it is no more
And he will find it is not death but dawn.
And in Your house how many rooms must be
Beyond this one where we rest momently.
“Dear Lord, I thank You for the faith that frees,
The love that knows it cannot lose its own;
The love that, looking through the shadows, sees
That You and he and I are ever one!”

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Dr. Elson: “Hear the reading of God's word, being excerpts from the Letters of Paul, the Apostle, and the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Romans 8: 14, 35, 37–39: As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

“For 1 am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

“Nor height, or depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

"I Thessalonians 4: 13, 14, 18: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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“II Corinthians 4: 5: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

“I Corinthians 13: 9–13: For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

“But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three but the greatest of these is charity:

“I Corinthians 15: 57, 58: Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, by beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

“Ephesians 6:10–18: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power

of his might. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication the Spirit.

“Matthew 5: 3, 4: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

“John 14: Jesus said: 'Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

“ 'These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My


name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'

“Let us pray.

"Eternal Father, in whom we live and move and have our being, draw us close to Thee and let Thy light and joy fill our souls as we offer unto Thee the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts; for the mystery and wonder of life here and hereafter. We thank Thee that deep in the human heart is an unquenchable trust that life does not end with death, that the Father who made us will care for us beyond he bounds of vision even as He has cared for us in this earthly pilgrimage. We praise Thy name that our hope has been so wondrously confirmed in the life, the words and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Almighty God, Father of mercies and Giver of all comfort, deal graciously, we pray Thee, with all those who mourn this day, that casting every care on Thee, they may know the consolation of Thy love, the healing of Thy grace, and the companionship of Thy presence. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

"O Thou who art from everlasting to everlasting, come upon us this day with a vivid and intimate awareness of Thy presence, that we may know that with Thee the temporal and the eternal have no distinction. Surround us with Thy love, impart to us Thy healing grace and bring to us the ministry of hallowed memory and sacred recollection.

"We thank Thee for Thy servant and our comrade, EVERETT, who has fought a good fight, kept the faith, finished his course and is at rest with Thee. For the nobility of his manhood, the magnanimity of his spirit, the hospitality of his mind, and the inclusiveness of his friendship we give Thee thanks. For his massive mind, his matchless speech, his powers of persuasion, and his parliamentary skills we give thanks to Thee. For his elevated patriotism and his manly piety, for his grace and dignity in public service we give thanks to Thee. For his prodigious energy spent in self-sacrificing public service, for his fortitude in suffering, and his witness to values which are everlasting, we give thanks to Thee. May the integrity of his manhood, the radiance of his character, the warmth of his personality, his gentle but subtle humor and his sense of the divine in all things human, remain as an abiding legacy for all generations. May his golden voice now silenced on this side be lifted in everlasting praise with choirs invisible on the other side of the great divide. May the land he loved and the nation he served become more and more a foretaste of the Kingdom whose builder and maker is God. In Thy Holy Name we pray. Amen.

“O Eternal Father, suffer us not to miss the glory of this hour. May a new spirit arise in us this day. Give us eyes to see and hearts to feel the undaunted courage, the invincible faith, the unconquerable love of Thy servant, Everett that we may be true as he was true, loyal as he was loyal;

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