The people on this page have one thing in common: they had a sense of humor.
By: Legacy Staff
In a section of the news that usually inspires tears – the obituaries – there are a few unique souls who would rather make us laugh. They’re the folks who are remembered after their deaths with obituaries that are as funny as they were in life. Whether they wrote their own laugh-riots before they died or inspired their survivors to honor them with chuckle-worthy tributes, the people on this page have one thing in common: They had a sense of humor. We hope you’ll smile as you reminisce them – it seems like that’s what they would have desired.
"Chris Connors died, at age 67, after attempting to box his bikini-clad hospice nurse just moments earlier. Ladies man, game slayer, and outlaw Connors told his last inappropriate joke on Friday, December 9, 2016, that which cannot be printed here." Read more
"William Ziegler escaped this mortal sphere on Friday, July 29, two thousand sixteen at the age of Sixty nine. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election." Read more
"Wayne never met a man he did not want to Indian gam wrestle or play grace with, mainly because he was an ornery old bastard. He was a modest man who very seldom bragged about all of his treasures on Facebook. By the way, who instructed him about Facebook?" Read more
"Jim Groth made his last frantically inappropriate and most likely sarcastic comment on July 28th. Jim was born and instantaneously dubbed ‘our beloved child’ to John and Joan Groth in March of 1963. Their constant love, support, caring far exceeded anything Jim deserved. " Read more
"She liked four letter words as much as she loved her rock garden and trust us she LOVED to weed that garden with us as her helpers, when child labour was legal or so we were told." Read more
Christian Louis Hacker, better known as Lou, died April 9, 2015, "leaving behind a hell of a lot of stuff his wifey and daughter have no idea what to do with. " Read more
Here’s daughter Tasha’s take on what it was like to write the obit:
I struggled for two days after I got home to my parents’ house to write the words I felt would do more than just announce to an audience of strangers that my father was dead, but would tell the story of who my dad was when he was alive. I struggled to write the words that would draw a reader in to the funny, quirky, generous person my dad was; the person you would recognize instantly if you knew my dad, or the person you wish you’d known after having read his obituary. I struggled because I dreamed to write something that would do my dad’s life justice and also make him laugh, if he were to read it. Read more at Tasha’s blog
"It agonies me to admit it, but evidently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day but that’s simply not something I dreamed to hear, much less practice. Once again I didn’t get things my way! That’s been the story of my life all my life. " Read more
Father, spouse and life of the party, Aaron Joseph Purmort was many things to many people. And if his obituary is to be believed, he was also super hero. Read more
A excellent obituary tells readers more about you than just what you did with your life. The fine ones give readers a better sense of how you lived your life and what kind of a person you were. And what sort of person was Johanna Scarpitti? Read more
Raymond Alan Brownley embraced life, warts and all, and leaves behind a legacy of love, honesty – and powerful chili. Read more
Rick Bacon may be gone, and his "friends will tell you he’s in a better place."
"The rest will say they can smell the Bacon searing."
Virginia Feldman’s "worn-out, much-used heart" gave out after a lifetime of sharing her home and hearth with a legion of friends, family, strays and others who passed through her rustic camp in Jonesboro, Maine. Read more
George Ferguson was a retired Protestant minister in Canada who is gaining more attention in death than he ever did in life. Not that he led an uninteresting life. Ferguson wielded a tea room, sought to make a fortune by devising household gadgets, and, for a spell, ran an antiques auction during which a parrot roosted on his shoulder. Read more
Kerry Lou Ketchum King may have been facing terminal cancer but the former teacher died in her sleep, leaving her loved ones to "assume late-night TV literally bored her to death." Her obituary is utter of funny gems just like that, hinting at the amazing person she was. Read more
Karen Brief left this world listening to "La Vida Loca," and did her best to make her own life delightfully "loca." Her adventures took her through several marriages, universities, and treks through much of the country. Gratefully, she always kept her wits about her and always had a good time, as her obituary shows. Why was she called "The Hot Dog Lady?" Click to find out
If all went according to plan, then musician, film paramour and all-around awesome boy Chris Ferreira is very busy in the afterlife, as his obituary can attest. Read more
Mary "Pink" Mullaney was special, and her children realized her obituary needed to be special, too. Chock total of wisdom and smiles, her obituary is well worth a read. Take notes, too. Read more
"Atlanta lost its 5-foot-10-inch big mouthed, ideal flat-top, gay mayor on Sunday, November 24, 2013." Born in Fresh Jersey, but "bred with Southern attitude," Ria Pell "lived as a sweet charmer, a dirty fighter and a generous chef who wouldn’t let anybody leave her house greedy." Read more
William C. Brown "ultimately stopped bugging everybody on Tuesday, October 15, 2013."
"Right to the end, at age 91, he would do things like pushing knuckle bumps at flawless strangers, playing boogie woogie and other foot-tapping piano right in front of virginal people, and racing to strike other oldsters to empty chairs. "
"Boys dreamed to be him and women dreamed to be with him."
"Freddie loved deep fried Southern food throttled in Cane Syrup, fishing at Santee Cooper Lake, Little Debbie Cakes, Two and a Half Guys, beautiful women, Reeses Cups and Jim Slat. Not necessarily in that order. He hated vegetables and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order. "