A former Nebraska congressman has died at the age of 92.
John McCollister died at 5 a.m. Friday after a long battle with cancer, according to his son.
McCollister was a three-term member of the House, representing Omaha's 2nd District from 1971 to 1977.
"Congressman McCollister was an outstanding Congressman and represented Nebraska with distinction," shared Gov. Dave Heineman. "He was a World War II veteran, a dedicated civil servant, a respected business leader, and he was a good friend. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer released statements on McCollister's passing as well.
"John McCollister will be remembered by many as a former Congressman and Douglas County Commissioner, but he will be remembered by many more as a role model and friend," said Johanns. "He dedicated his life to his family, his faith and his service to our state and nation – like so many from his generation, John truly led by example.
"He will be greatly missed. Steph and I join the countless Nebraskans praying for the McCollister family during this difficult time."
McCollister supported Fischer in her run for U.S. Senate, serving as a co-chair on her campaign.
She said, "Today, Nebraska lost a principled fighter, our state Republican party lost a great leader, and I lost a dear friend. Congressman McCollister was devoted to public service for the entirety of his life, including his military service during World War II. He remained an indispensable member of his community, even in his later years. He truly loved Nebraska and was a gentleman with a great sense of humor who simply enjoyed life to its fullest.
"I was privileged to count John as an early supporter and was honored when he agreed to co-chair my U.S. Senate campaign. I benefitted from his counsel and insight from his many years of service, both in Washington and Nebraska. Bruce and I join all Nebraskans in mourning John's passing and send our prayers and deepest condolences to all of the McCollister family."
McCollister was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa. And he served as a Navy radar officer in the Pacific during World War II.