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Former Mo. Lawmaker Peter Myers Dead at 81

Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:30 AM by Associated Press

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SIKESTON, Mo. - Former Missouri House member and deputy U.S. agriculture secretary Peter C. Myers has died at the age of 81.

Ponder Funeral Home said Myers died Monday at his home in the southeast Missouri town of Sikeston. The cause of death was not available. Myers was born in Wisconsin and spent summers at his grandfather's farm near Canalou in southeastern Missouri.

A Republican, he served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1982 to 1989 during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Myers was elected to the first of four terms in the Missouri House in 1998. He represented a district that included parts of Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid and Scott counties.

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Gospel Church in Sikeston.

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