RENO, Nev. (AP) - More than 1,000 people gathered at a funeral Mass in Reno to mourn and praise former state Sen. Bill Raggio's compassion, sense of humor, long service in the Nevada state Senate and love for his state.
Monsignor Leo McFadden told the crowd at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Monday that Raggio was dedicated to God, his family and "every Nevadan he ever met."
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval called Raggio "simply one of the greatest men Nevada has ever known," while former Democratic
governor and U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan called Raggio a "master" of the art of bipartisan consensus.
Raggio was a widely respected Republican from Reno.
He died of respiratory illness last month while vacationing with his wife, Dale, in Australia.
He was 85.