John Magnuson did it all.
He served five terms as sheriff, the longest in Erie County's history.
He led a successful charge for new a county jail and he modernized countless aspects of the sheriff's office.
He was a Vietnam vet and he was the first sheriff in Erie County to hold a degree.
He taught current Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth Criminal Justice 101 — literally, at Lorain County Community College in the early 1980s.
There's one thing he didn't do: complain.
Amid all the accomplishments in his storied career, Magnuson, 66, battled Multiple Sclerosis. At about noon Thursday, his 40-year battle came to an end at Stein Hospice in Sandusky.
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