John Dingell flown to D.C., for Thursday's funeral

"He fought hard for Michigan, fought hard for the people he represented, for our auto industry, for our Michigan way of life," said Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, ",and at the same time he was the person on the the Republican side of the aisle trying to get the deal done." 

Dignity and diplomacy. Two words being used to describe the late John Dingell. Stabenow said as much about a man she worked with for nearly 15 years. 

"His word was everything, if he shook your hand and looked you in the eye and gave you his word, it was gold," she said.

In her reccounting, Stabenow also remembered Dingell's wife. 

"She (Debbie Dingell) was so overwhelmed and thrilled about the people that came on Monday and the wonderful turnout on Tuesday despite the weather."

Back home at Dearborn, the fire captain Steve Worden who knew the Dingell family for years was offered to be the pall bearer at the funeral.

"He was just such a great man around here and everybody admired him and he was just a fixture in Deerborn," he said.