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Former state lawmaker, Roger Ishee, dead at 85

GULFPORT — Former state Rep. Roger G. Ishee, who served 15 years in the Mississippi House, has died at the age 85.

The Mississippi Supreme Court announced his death Monday. Ishee was the father of Court of Appeals Judge David Ishee.

The elder Ishee died Sunday in New Orleans. The cause of death was not released.

Ishee was born in Dushau, Mississippi. He graduated from Louin High School and attended Louisiana State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Ishee was a retired computer and electronic instructor.

He was elected to the House in 1997 and retired in 2012.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Gulfport.

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