During a two-hour funeral service, Rep. C.W. Bill Young was remembered as a man who loved his family, his country and the men and women who served in the military.
Young _ the 82-year-old Pinellas County Republican who served in Congress for 22 terms _ was laid to rest Thursday. He died last week, surrounded by friends and family, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Young had been involved in Florida politics since 1957. He was considered the elder statesman of Florida's Republican Party and in the U.S. House of Representatives.
More than 1,500 people attended the funeral at a Baptist church in Young's district. The memorial service drew 34 members of the House _ including House Speaker John Boehner _ Gov. Rick Scott and countless other local and state officials.