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Public funeral for Rep. C.W. Bill Young planned for Thursday in Largo

Arrangements for U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, 82, who died Friday evening at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were shared by the family on Saturday.

Wednesday: Public visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2801 Grand Ave., Pinellas Park.

Thursday: Public funeral at 1 p.m., First Baptist Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Private burial to follow.

Young died more than a week after unexpectedly announcing plans to retire after nearly 43 years in Congress. The family said the cause was "complications related to a chronic injury."

Reactions and tributes continued to pour in Saturday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush among them. He said: "Congressman Bill Young was a tremendous leader, great public servant, great Floridian and great friend. He was a relentless advocate for our veterans, especially those injured in the line of duty, and for the men and women serving in the military today. During his 22-term service in Congress, Bill never failed to fight for the best interests of Florida or Floridians. I will miss him, our state will miss his leadership and Washington will miss a great statesman. Columba's and my prayers are with Beverly and the entire Young family he cherished so much."

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