Former U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole died Sunday, according to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
Dole, 98, was a decorated WWII veteran and was a public servant for most of his life, the foundation said.
"Thank you for the outpouring of love over the last year, it continues to sustain us as we grieve the loss of the precious man we knew as husband and father," the Dole family said in a statement Sunday. "Bob Dole was never only ours - we shared him with Americans from every walk of life and every political persuasion. He dedicated his life to serving you, and so it is heartwarming that so many honor him at his passing.
"America has lost one of its heroes; our family has lost its rock," the statement continued. "We will smile as we recall his gifted sense of humor. We will take comfort from the extraordinary moments of our lifetimes together."
Details about his memorial service and events have not been released.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff following his death.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 5, 2021
Honoring Bob Dole
As news spread of Dole's death, some who served with him and who ran again Dole honored his service and his legacy.
President Joe Biden
"Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation. And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves. I will miss my friend."
"Bob was a man to be admired by Americans. He had an unerring sense of integrity and honor. May God bless him, and may our nation draw upon his legacy of decency, dignity, good humor, and patriotism for all time."
Biden ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Thursday. Shortly after the proclamation was issued Sunday evening, the U.S. flag above the White House was lowered.
Former President Barack Obama
"Senator Dole was a war hero, a political leader, and a statesman – with a career and demeanor harkening back to a day when members of the Greatest Generation abided by a certain code, putting country over party. His sharp wit was matched only by his integrity, and he lived his life in a way that made it clear just how proud he was to be an American, and how committed he was to making this country everything he knew it could be."
"Our thoughts are with Elizabeth – who has lived her own remarkable life of service – and all those who knew and loved a true American hero."
Former President George W. Bush
"Laura and I are saddened by the passing of a great patriot, Senator Bob Dole. This good man represented the finest of American values. He defended them in uniform during World War II. He advanced them in the United States Senate. And he lived them out as a father, husband, and friend."
"Our entire family benefitted from that friendship, including my father. I will always remember Bob's salute to my late dad at the Capitol, and now we Bushes salute Bob and give thanks for his life of principled service."
Former President Bill Clinton
Bob Dole dedicated his entire life to serving the American people, from his heroism in World War II to the 35 years he spent in Congress. After all he gave in the war, he didn't have to give more. But he did. His example should inspire people today and for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/8Iiy7ssGkD
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 5, 2021
Former Vice President Mike Pence
Senator Bob Dole was a truly great man who lived an extraordinary life of service to America and he will be deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him…
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 5, 2021
Former Vice President Al Gore
Throughout his nearly 80 years of public service, Bob Dole was a steadfast defender of his country and of the people of Kansas. May he rest in peace.
— Al Gore (@algore) December 5, 2021
Former Vice President Dan Quayle
"Former Senator Bob Dole’s passing leaves a giant empty place in Washington DC. His integrity and unfailing love of the United States will be missed. One word describes Bob Dole and that is ‘patriot’. He had a keen sense of humor an unbelievable amount of persistence and he believed strongly in bipartisanship. Those of us who served in the Senate with him always called him ‘leader’ because that is what he was—a great leader for America.”
Sen. Mitt Romney
When I think of the greatest generation, I think of Senator Bob Dole—a man who dedicated his life to serving our country. Rest In Peace, my friend. Ann and I will be praying for Elizabeth, their family, and loved ones.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 5, 2021
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Bob Dole served his country with courage on the battlefield, and with dignity in the Senate. Jane and I send our condolences to his family.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 5, 2021
Ambassador to the U.N. Cindy McCain
Rest In Peace Bob Dole. You are the last of the lions of the Senate.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) December 5, 2021
Former Speaker of the House and former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan
Bob Dole was a soldier, a legislator, & a statesman. He always stood for what was just & right. I was honored to award him the Congressional Gold Medal & I'll always be grateful for his service to our country. My thoughts are with the Dole family as we mourn this American hero. pic.twitter.com/Wws3A3lxt9
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 5, 2021
Fellow former Kansas Sen. and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Sen. Bob Dole is a Kansas war hero who believed in America's exceptionalism with his whole heart. He devoted his life to serving Kansas & America—in and out of uniform. Our family's hearts are broken. Please join us in praying for Elizabeth & the Dole family. pic.twitter.com/8HFdoEDDZO
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) December 5, 2021
Honoring those who served their country was a priority for Dole, his family said. In a powerful moment in 2018, Dole stood up from his wheelchair to honor former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol.
On Dec. 4, 2018, Bob Dole paid his respects to former Pres. George H.W. Bush at the Capitol Rotunda, helped from his wheelchair to stand before the 41st president's casket. https://t.co/URUPRJVXuQ pic.twitter.com/lxJXw53BgS
— ABC News (@ABC) December 5, 2021
ABC News' Katie Bosland, Justin Gomez and Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.
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