Somewhere up in heaven, a very loved father is having a laugh at his own clever obituary. William Ziegler, 69, died on Friday, July 29 and his four children found the best way to remember their late father ― with a healthy dose of humor.
Ziegler’s four children say they couldn’t think of a more fitting sendoff for their dad than to write a grand-slam obituary, honoring his sense of humor. Ziegler himself was a fan of hilarious obits and internet humor, often sharing them with his family.
William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the age of 69... Unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends. He assures us that he is gone. He will be greatly missed.
“He would have loved this,” Ziegler’s daughter, Sharah Currier, told The Times-Picayune. “He probably would have forwarded this obituary to us.”
Published today in the New Orleans paper, the obit says Ziegler “escaped this mortal realm” ... “to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election.”
They offered a nod to the late Navy veteran’s 25 years of service as a fireman, saying he retired only when “he suddenly realized that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them.”
Ziegler’s children say they spent several days crafting the obituary. A post featuring the obit on the Times-Picayune’s Facebook page has already gone viral with nearly 8,000 likes and over 2,000 shares to date.
Other highlights of the obit include shoutouts to Ziegler’s love for “potted meats,” his “alcoholic dog” Judge, and the “morons and mental patients” he used to work with.
They also ask that instead of holding a service, well-wishers should simply write a note of farewell on a can of Schaefer Light beer and drink it in his honor.
Rest in peace, William.
We’re sure you’re in good company with other jokesters like Norma Brewer, who pre-wrote her own obituary saying she died climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (she didn’t), or Emily Debrayda Phillips, who wrote in her self-penned obituary that after death she’s dancing ... “probably naked.”