One Super Fan Dead in O-H-I-O

Ohio State Buckeyes super fan Roy Miracle would have loved this funeral tribute to his favorite team.

A photograph published in The Columbus Dispatch shows the 80-year-old Ohio State sports fan’s funeral, where his daughter and others used their bodies to spell out O-H-I-O.

The deceased in his casket provided the “I” with a cross on the wall apparently serving as the dot.

Roy Miracle and family (The Columbus Dispatch)

Reporter Encarnacion Pyle wrote about the reception – good and bad – that the photo received from bloggers across the country.

Some called the picture awesome, fun and a unique tribute to a true fan. Others questioned its appropriateness, saying they were disturbed by seeing Mr. Miracle’s body used in such a public way.

Pyle added: “Several ethicists and religious leaders say the family’s choice shouldn’t be judged.”

The family published an obituary focused on Miracle’s career as a home builder and remodeler as well as his church work.

Roy was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he often helped with cooking, the fellowship table and coffee hour and was a member of the Candlelighters. Roy and his wife, Reola, went on multiple mission trips with the youth of the church each year where they would help build and remodel homes.

Oddly, Miracle’s devotion to the Ohio State Buckeyes is not mentioned in the obit, although it is alluded to in messages in the online guest book.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.