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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 4, 2010

At the District 4 Republican Convention Saturday in Iowa Falls, Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan, told an interesting story about a conversation he had with actor Alec Baldwin.

When he was leaving the health club where both he and Baldwin were members, Reagan hailed the actor and they engaged in a conversation. Baldwin told Reagan that, while he opposed practically every policy of the former President, he still respected him immensely for having a “good soul”.

Michael Reagan went on to say that the late President John F. Kennedy was another leader who had a great soul.

On Sunday, Emmet County lost a leader who also had a great soul.

Randy Beaver was probably the most unpretentious man you could ever meet. He was a “what you see is what you get sort of man” who never hesitated to tell you what he thought. And it was that characteristic for which he was most respected.

Randy had the overwhelming respect of his fellow county supervisors, regardless of political party. They respected him because they knew he would tell him what he thought. They knew his word was his bond.

To say that Randy was unpretentious is not to say he was not proud. He was proud to be from Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa and America. He was proud to know that hard work is indeed a measure of a man’s character.

What Randy was most proud of was his children and grandson. If the World’s Greatest Grandpa T-shirt he often wore to supervisors’ meetings had any buttons, they would have been popping off all over the room.

Randy will be remembered for his good humor and kindness, especially for children. His unswerving loyalty and dedication to his job were profound. He expressed his disappointment to his fellow supervisors that he couldn’t attend board meetings even as his life was slipping from his grasp.

We need more Randy Beavers to step up to the plate and enter public service. They are the ones who make a difference at the local level. They are the ones we can walk up to and tell what we think and know our opinion will be weighed as they make the decisions that impact our daily lives.

Thank you, Randy.

You will be greatly missed.