Former South Dakota Representative Clint Roberts died Sunday night in Pierre at the age of 82.
A rancher, Roberts was born in Lyman County in 1935.
"South Dakota lost one of its favorite cowboys", Thune wrote on Twitter. After a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in 1978, Roberts served as South Dakota's secretary of agriculture from 1979 to 1980, during the administration of Gov. William J. Janklow.
But Roberts is probably more famous for what he did outside of politics.
Following a long-lasting political career, matched by curious turns in films television commercials, like a Schlitz beer ads, Roberts was inducted to the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2008.
Roberts was born on January 30, 1935, in Lyman County, South Dakota, and spent his life on his family's ranch.
Roberts served in his role as a congressman for South Dakota's 2nd Congressional District from 1981 to 1983. GOP Chairman Dan Lederman.
Roberts' funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, and prayers will be held after his burial at the Presho Methodist Church."I knew a lot of people who were honored in the Hall of Fame", Roberts said in 2008. His funeral is scheduled for Friday.