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Sen. George McGovern was admitted to Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls on Monday, Oct. 15,  and he passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21.  You are invited to leave good wishes and your memories about Sen. McGovern.  All messages will be public and will be edited for appropriateness.

Thank you.

Kim Johnson
Jackson, Wyoming
10/17/2013 12:22 PM
George McGovern was and is my all-time favorite American political figure. He stood for everything I do and represented himself and the Democratic Party wonderfully. We need a lot more like him these days. I was too young to vote for him in 1972, but I wish I could have.

Rev Steve Hickle
Raleigh, NC
11/16/2012 3:25 PM
After 40 years, I continue to proudly say he was the first presidential candidate for whom I voted. I am involved full time in the hunger work that compelled him to such heights of leadership around the world. Rest peaceably, old friend, we're on it.

Dennis Hacker
Hickory, NC
11/8/2012 7:54 AM
McGovern replied in a very human way to my note sent after seeing him TV up in the stands and alone at a DNC.He looked grieved. My note thanked him for standing against the war. His is reply felt very real and personal. It helped me remain hopeful even during later wars.

James O'Connell
Lincoln Ne
10/30/2012 9:33 PM
I got to see him in lincoln at the lied center in 2006 great speaker spoke about joining the military in Omaha Ne.Had very soft hand when I shook hands with him what a great guy

Carol Elsman McCormick
Rockville, MD
10/29/2012 12:29 PM
I miss him. My condolences to the family, especially to you, Ann, who wrote to me so many times. Nobody ever felt so highly of me or gave me such a ringing endorsement, over and over, or inspired me. I wish I knew what happened. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Jack Kreckel
Rochester, New York
10/28/2012 5:37 PM
George McGovern inspired hope in a generation burdened with assinations,an unjust war and Watergate. As the decades passed into a pace of life unimagined in 1972, Sen. McGovern still inspired thougtful reflection. He will be missed as we will never see his likes again. RIP George McGovern.

Barbara Haukedalen
Pilot Hill, California
10/27/2012 2:07 PM
Our condolences to the family of Senator McGovern, & to his friends in South Dakota. He gave credibility to the cause of Peace. His positive contributions during his lifetime will influence the ages. We were so fortunate to share in The McGovern Conference & to meet this dynamic man last year.

Doug Patrykus
Waupun, WI
10/24/2012 10:16 PM
My parents were involved with the McGovern for President campaign during the primary and general election in 1972. I was 14 years old, and helped at the local headquarters in Wisconsin Rapids. We were elated when Sen. McGovern won the WI primary. He was a great American and will be missed.

Bronson Heth
West Des Moines, IA
10/24/2012 5:48 PM
The world has lost a great role model. You have taught the world a valuable lesson, change the world with good intentions and determination. I am proud to say I am a fellow South Dakotan because of your willingness to inspire a generation that even after a defeat you can still change the world.

Doug Murdock
Sioux Falls, SD
10/24/2012 4:55 PM
Blessings to your family. You made a difference in my life. Because of you and all that you've done, I remember what America CAN be.

Gregory Sullivan
Monroe, Michigan
10/24/2012 4:05 PM
I had the privilege of meeting Senator McGovern during the 1972 campaign, when I was a student at Michigan State University. Despite the nationwide loss, the Senator carried MSU by a landslide. Thank you, Sir, for inspiring so many of us to engage in public service.

Heidi Marttila-Losure
Frederick, SD
10/24/2012 11:09 AM
Madison High School student Becky Froehlich interviewed George McGovern just a few weeks before he passed. His responses and her reflections on that interview both reflect well on South Dakota, and give hope for our future. Read it here: http://dakotafire.net/?p=2484

Andrew Resignato
San Francisco, CA
10/23/2012 11:57 PM
I am inspired by Sen. McGovern's example. He spoke truthfully and came to power in a political system that seems to reward the dishonest. He is a political inspiration to me. Thank you for your courage, honesty, and humanity.

Susan L. Salsburg
Louisville, KY
10/23/2012 9:22 PM
Senator McGovern was an example to all of us who were open to learning from him. He set the standard for leadership and compassion early in my voting life; too few other public figures have lived up to it. I've always felt honored that my son was born on his birthday. My sympathy to his family...

Lisa Silva
Waltham, MA
10/23/2012 7:38 PM
Too young to vote, I wore my McGovern-Shriver button proudly in '72; I remained proud to be from Massachusetts post-election. Sen. George McGovern's passing is deeply saddening loss; he gave tirelessly & magnanimously to humankind. I'll forever be inspired by his courage, decency, humanity, heart.

Oscar Espinoza
10/23/2012 6:32 PM
May George McGovern rest in peace. I know he was great human being. God Bless him.

Mark and Kelly Verry
Wernersville, Pennsylvania
10/23/2012 4:05 PM
It was a Honor to meet Senator McGovern after a Dakota Wesleyan Football Game. He is was truly part of "The Greatest Generation" of American's. His dedication and service to his Country and Community can only be described as Unselfish Dedication. Thank You for your service Sir! God Bless!

Donald E. Messer
Centennial, Colorado
10/23/2012 1:01 PM
Senator McGovern loved Dakota Wesleyan University. His values reflected the university's highest ideals. In my last conversation with him in early Oct., he reiterated to me his pride in DWU and what was happening on campus today.

George Schramm
Spirit Lake, IA
10/23/2012 9:57 AM
I was devastated when Robert Kennedy was shot and hoped that George would get the nomination. I believe he would have won is '68, but by '72 the moment had passed. I wonder how different the last 40 years would have been. Happy trails Senator, you give us faith because you never lost yours.

Steve Martin
Vernon Hills, IL
10/23/2012 8:19 AM
I became interested in politics at 13 and started collecting campaign items. After writing the Senator in 1969 asking for a button, he sent back a signed photograph made out to me and a nice booklet from the '68 Senate reelection. I was thrilled and still have them. RIP.

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