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Former Mo. Governor Joseph Teasdale dies of complications from pneumonia

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A son of former Missouri Gov. Joseph Teasdale says his father has died at age 78.

The former Democratic governor’s eldest son, Bill Teasdale, tells The Associated Press that his father died of complications from pneumonia shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday at a Kansas City, Missouri, hospice center. He says his father was surrounded by family when he passed away.

Joe Teasdale earned the nickname “Walking Joe” for his treks covering 1,000 miles across the state over two years during his nearly victorious primary election campaign in 1972.

He defeated Republican Gov. Christopher S. Bond in 1976 and served as Missouri’s governor until 1981, when Bond took back the seat.

Teasdale was from Kansas City and graduated from Rockhurst High School. Teasdale was seen as approachable during his time as governor.

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