McGovern Remembered At Public Viewing
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
October 25, 2012 6:33 PM
Mourners had their last chance to say their last goodbyes to George McGovern Thursday afternoon.
“Thanks a lot, George,” said Delores Cleveland.
For most the last chance to thank George McGovern took place Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls.
With an early snow on the grass, those who came to mourn hope the memory of George McGovern and all he did will live on.
“I think he has to be remembered for the work, even beyond the work when he was a politician,” said Linda Kelly.
“I felt he was so good for South Dakota, The United States and the world,” said Cleveland.
People from where McGovern called home for a large part of his life, came to Sioux Falls to pay their respects to a personal friend.
“I'm from Mitchell and I got to know him quite well and followed his politics for quite a while,” said Barbara Clements.
Reflecting on his life, certain characteristics of the former senator stood out in peoples mind, such as his ability to be kind to all.
“You don't find that very often in politics anymore. He was a special person. He made every one feel like he was your friend,” said Clements.
Even with big name politicians traveling in from Washington D.C. George McGovern served the people and on Thursday the people said their final goodbyes.
“He's in a better place,” said Linda Kelly.
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