Joe Paterno's Funeral: Penn State Legend to Get Public Memorial

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 23, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 22: Students and those in the community gather around the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach who died earlier in the morning, outside Beaver Stadium on the campus of Penn State on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Fans will have a chance to say their goodbyes to college football's winningest coach at a public viewing, according to Fox 29. 

Family and friends will have a private service to mourn their loss. 


Dates and times are being announced

More information of the services have been released by the Associated Press via the Salt Lake Tribune. 

In a schedule released by a family spokesman, the first public viewing will be held Tuesday, a 10-hour session starting at 1 p.m. at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State campus.

Another viewing will take place for four hours Wednesday starting at 8 a.m. A private funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. that day.

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If the early reactions are any indication, the public memorial will be packed. It was reported that thousands of people participated in a candlelight vigil held in front of Old Main on the Penn State campus. 

The public tributes to Joe Pa have been everywhere and have ranged from the official... the not so official

The university will also pay tribute to their longtime coach—although how and when has not been announced. 

Penn State President Rodney Erickson issued a statement of his passing. Here is an excerpt, as reported by the AP: "[Paterno was] a great man who made us a greater university. [His] dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary."

Paterno, who had been in the hospital since January 13th for observation, passed away on Sunday at the age of 85. The former Penn State coach had lung cancer.