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Flags to return to half-staff Monday to honor late State Sen.

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Remains of Cpl. Donald Hendrickson returned to WI Remains of Cpl. Donald Hendrickson returned to WI

Fond du Lac (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has ordered all state and U.S. flags lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of late State Senator Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac. 

Gudex's family revealed he suffered from depression after he died died Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 48-year-old Republican was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2012 but was not seeking re-election this year.

In a statement, they said he suffered from "an overwhelming depression and hopelessness that he kept to himself," but that he loved his family and "cared deeply for the people of his district."

According to the Reporter Media, Gudex's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church in the town of Eden.

Monday will be the second time flags in Wisconsin are flown at half-staff in 3 days. On Saturday they were lowered in honor of Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Day and Army Cpl. Donald Hendrickson, who was laid to rest the same day. 

Hendrickson was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in hometown of Janesville, 65 years after he was killed in the Korean War. A hearse bore Hendrickson's remains to the cemetery after a memorial service at Cargill United Methodist Church. Soldiers carried his casket to its final resting place.

For decades, Hendrickson's remains lay in an unmarked grave in North Korea. According to the Janesville Gazette, his remains were identified this year. 

Hendrickson's niece, Barbara Truman, knew her uncle when she was 5. Truman says Hendrickson's family is "just so blessed that he's gotten the recognition."

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