(West End) -- William Mallory, Senior had a very public profile, serving in the Ohio House of Representatives for 28 years.  But his family says there was a side of him the public never saw, a side that included his spirituality, his dancing, and his recipe for baked beans.

Mallory passed away, peacefully, Tuesday morning, surrounded by family.  He was 82.

Former Mayor Mark Mallory says his father faced a lot of obstacles in his life, and worked very hard to overcome them.  He was born in poverty, in 1931, and worked dozens of jobs growing up, dropping out of high school to support his family.  He returned to school at age 19, to get his degree. 

Mallory was first elected to the Ohio House in 1966, winning the first of several leadership positions in 1968.  During his 28 years of representing Cincinnati in the State House, Mallory wrote, or cosponsored more than 600 bills.

But the former Mayor Mallory says the family will also remember him as a deeply spiritual man, and the best father anyone could have.

Judge Dwane Mallory says his father was approachable, and down to earth, and despite all his power, and influence, was humble.  Joe Mallory says he told his children not to follow him into politics, but says after they saw the good that could be accomplished, they were inspired to follow his example.

Mallory is survived by his wife, five sons, and one daughter.  A private funeral service, and a public memorial service are both pending.