D. Jack Kildee, father of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint Township, died Saturday at his home in Flushing at the age of 85.

“One of the happiest days of my life was looking up in the gallery as I was being sworn into Congress and seeing my dad, Jack, smiling right back at me,” the younger Kildee posted on Facebook.

“He was a great father who provided for me and inspired me in everything I’ve done. I am grateful that I was able to be with him, surrounded by our loving family, in the remaining days of his life.”

Jack Kildee was the brother of former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, who served in Congress from 1977 to 2013. Dan Kildee was elected to his congressional seat.

Born in Flint, Jack Kildee joined the Navy in 1950 and served four years aboard the USS Hambleton DMS 20, a Destroyer Minesweeper, according to his obituary. He worked in the electrical supply business for 46 years before retiring in 2001.

Jack Kildee served on the Flint Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years, and was awarded the key to the city by Mayor James Rutherford. He was also a member of the Bishop Airport Authority Board of Appeals and was involved in many political campaigns.

He and wife, Margaret, were married for 60 years. She survives him, along with six children and 22 grandchildren – each of whom he taught to spell “rhinoceros.”

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller in Swartz Creek, where there will be a service of remembrance at 7 p.m. Thursday. A military graveside service is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

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