Former President George H.W. Bush, a war hero and founder of the modern Texas Republican Party who presided over momentous global changes, died at home in Houston on Friday night.

He was 94, the last president to have fought in World War II and only the second to have his son also elected to the nation’s highest office.

As the 41st commander in chief, Bush presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, with a deftness honed as a diplomat and CIA chief.

“George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” former President George W. Bush said in a written statement. “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”