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Joe Paterno to be honored at 3 public memorial events

Penn State coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field by his players after getting his 400th collegiate win, defeating Northwestern 38-21, in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (Gene J. Puskar)

January 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The family of the late Joe Paterno says for the former Penn State football coach will be laid to rest Wednesday, with three public memorial events to be held this week.

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.

Read comments from family members, former players and coaches on the death of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

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.

The last memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Jordan Center, the basketball arena next to Beaver Stadium.

Hundreds of students and supporters held a candle light vigil on the Penn State campus Sunday night. Those who gathered say the university has lost part of its heart and soul.

"He had a great impact on this community and this campus and the world," one student said.

Paterno was the winningest coach in college football history, but he was fired in November following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Shortly after his ouster, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and broke his pelvis, the same injury he sustained during preseason practice last year.

Paterno was 85 years old when he died. He leaves behind his wife, five children and 17 grandchildren.

"He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been," Paterno's family said in a statement. "His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

See photos of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno through the years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.