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A prolific author, Mr. McGovern found time to complete several books in his later years. Remarkably fit and healthy, Mr. McGovern celebrated his 88th birthday by jumping out of an airplane, and his 89th by driving a race car.

As for his infamous 1972 campaign, the former senator came to terms with it. In a 2006 interview with Airport Journals, Mr. McGovern said: “I’ve learned that sometimes, disappointment or a defeat can teach you as much or more than a victory can. Nixon was a great landslide winner in 1972, but I’ve never had any desire to trade places with him.”

There will be a public viewing at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Thursday, with the funeral to follow the next day at Sioux Falls’ Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.

Mr. McGovern’s wife of 64 years, Eleanor, died in 2007. Survivors include three daughters, Ann, Susan and Mary; 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A daughter, Teresa, died in 1994; and a son ,Steven, died in July.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.