Let's be honest: there's one section of the newspaper you expect to make you giggle, and it's not the obituaries. But then US Marines are known for exceeding expectations, aren't they? Walter George Bruhl Jr., a Marine who served in Korea, decided to write his own obituary, and what an obituary it is!
The veteran who died the other day at the ripe old age of 80 managed to pull one last prank on his family in what might just be the funniest obituary you'll ever read.
Posted to Reddit by his grandson, Bruhl's obituary covers everything from how he entered the military "because of Hollywood propaganda" to the fact that there will be no viewing because his wife refuses to honor his request to "have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so that he would appear natural to visitors."
Take a look:
Now THAT is the kind of obituary I'd like to leave! My favorite part might be his poking fun at his ailments:
Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935, a spinal disc in 1974, a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988, and his prostate on March 27th 2000.
But his joke about being cremated and his family keeping the ashes in an urn "until they get tired of having it around" really made me grin. I could have seen my own (proud Navy veteran) grandpa saying something of the like.
In fact, reading Bruhl's obit, I couldn't help think of my grandpa, who passed away a year and half ago, and I had a huge smile on my face the whole time. It's nice to think of him that way instead of the usual tears rolling down my face.
I wouldn't mind reading MORE obits like this!
Death is a hard time for most people, but Bruhl's last prank is a nice little reminder that what we love most about people remains with us -- their personality, their spirit. As requested by this proud Marine, I say we all hold up a glass in his honor. Semper Fi!
Who did you have in mind as you read this obituary?
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