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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)-More than 300 mourners gathered in Belleville Monday to say farewell to former U.S Senator Alan Dixon. His family was joined by friends and political colleagues for the funeral service at Lindenwood University's Belleville Campus.

The 86-year old Dixon died July 6th at his Fairview Heights home.

The popular democrat's political career spanned 40 years, including his 12 years in the U.S. Senate. He also chaired a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.