INDIANAPOLIS — As a good Eagle Scout, Richard G. Lugar was thrifty.
Lugar and James T. Morris, former chief of staff for Lugar when he was mayor of Indianapolis, often went to lunch together. They found a spot for a 97-cent lunch of tomato juice, Jello and bean soup at the IU Medical School cafeteria.
Lugar would also pay the 2-cent sales tax and made sure he got change from the dollar he handed the cashier.
"Remember those old change purses that you could squeeze? He would put the penny in the change purse," Morris recalled.
On the night of Lugar's 1967 mayoral race, the two men and their wives decided to get dinner before the results came in.
Lugar chose the medical school cafeteria.
"Thrifty is such a nice word compared to others that you might choose to display that character trait," Morris said jokingly.
Morris was among nine friends and family members offering tributes Wednesday to Lugar, the former U.S. Senator from Indiana and mayor of Indianapolis who died April 28 at the age of 87.
On Wednesday, the wood-and-brick, four-story sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church was the site of a two-and-a-half-hour funeral service attended by more than 1,000, including Lugar's wife, Char; their sons Mark, Bob, John and David; Vice President Mike Pence; Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts; and Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Lugar was an elder at the northside Indianapolis church.
A casket draped with the American flag rested at the front of the sanctuary as Bible verses were read by family members and anthems were performed by the Indianapolis Children's Choir and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Many also spoke of the March 14 death of former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, another premier Hoosier statesman of Lugar's generation.
Bayh was best known for authoring the landmark Title IX law and two constitutional amendments, while Lugar was renowned for leading foreign policy, controlling nuclear arms and serving as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
"It's remarkable to think that two giants of 20th Century Indiana politics departed this world within a few weeks of each other. It's the end of an era," Pence said.
Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia recalled Lugar's broad agenda, which included policies securing nuclear weapons in former Soviet states, as well as playing a pivotal role in ending apartheid policies in South Africa and the Philippines.
"As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he worked with both parties to sustain school lunches for America's children and food for Americans most in need while also strengthening the ability of U.S. farmers to compete around the world," Nunn said.
"Cooperation and compromise in politics is often misunderstood today," Nunn continued. "Some take it as meaning you give up your principles. Dick Lugar never, ever compromised his principles. He did what is too often missing in Washington today. He looked carefully at the facts, and he let the facts lead him to his conclusions."
Morris, along with Purdue University president Mitch Daniels and Lugar's sons, offered personal anecdotes about Lugar as he moved from Indianapolis school board member to mayor of the state capitol to becoming the longest-serving U.S. senator in Indiana history.
Lugar had "purity of motive," said Daniels, who served as chief of staff for Lugar's Senate office.
"Char and the boys may know differently, but if Dick Lugar ever had an ill-tempered moment, I never saw it. Ever spoke an unkind word about anyone, I never heard it. Ever acted out of raw selfishness, I never witnessed it," Daniels said.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Lugar embodied Midwestern values and Hoosier humility.
"We're talking about a man for whom a new argyle sweater qualified as, quote, jazzing things up for the presidential run in 1996," McConnell said. "What you saw was exactly what you got. You felt like if you woke Dick up at 3 a.m., he'd be perfectly friendly and sharing the latest development in arms control before his feet hit the floor."