Iowa Governor’s father dies after long illness

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad’s father has died after a long illness.

The governor’s press office announced Friday that Edward Branstad died during the morning in Mason City. The news release did not provide a cause of death, but said he was 89 years old and suffered from cancer. Edward Branstad had brain surgery last September to remove a tumor.

In a statement, the governor said his father taught him “the value of hard work,” and said he is “now at peace.”

The funeral will be held Monday at Waldorf College in Forest City.

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