Gene Snyder Funeral

By Associated Press | 

Close to 200 people attended the funeral of former U-S Representative Marion "Gene" Snyder on Saturday, remembering him as a conservative who moved easily in circles of power.

The 79-year-old Snyder died February 16th at his Naples, Florida home.

Attending the funeral were some of Kentucky's top Republican leaders, including U-S Senator Mitch McConnell, Governor Fletcher, U-S Representative Hal Rogers and former U-S Representative Ron Mazzoli.

Snyder was described as a man with a common touch who exemplified an era when battling politicians were able to set aside their differences after their heated debates and be friends.

Snyder represented Kentucky for 22 years and won funding to build the Louisville beltway that bears his name. The federal courthouse in downtown Louisville is also named in his honor.

McConnell said Snyder was "conservative before conservative was cool," adding that by 1979, with the rise of Ronald Reagan, "the country had finally moved in his direction."