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Pancake Feasts and Good Advice: Interesting and Funny Obituaries / Nick Ehrhardt

Pancake Feasts and Good Advice: Interesting and Funny Obituaries

More and more, the obituary is becoming a final form of self-expression. People write their own obituaries, or their families write quirky tributes to their loved ones – they may be heartwarming or hilarious, cautionary tales or inspirational stories, or all of the above. Sometimes they're so great that they even "go viral." We love reading these unique obituaries, and today we're sharing a few of our favorites.


Dandelion Treecraft (Spokesman-Review)One paragraph in, we could tell Dandelion Treecraft was a character. Of his funeral service, the obituary in the Spokesman-Review states: "A caravan of grave-digging friends and well-wishers are expected to provide funereal talent, shovels, sweat, cheer, graveside manners. Eulogizers of quick-witted brevity are welcome to speak. Long-winded droners may be stoned and used as backfill."

Robert "Buffalo Bobby" Yerike died at age 67 doing what he loved - hiking the Appalachian Trail (for the 3rd time!). Read his inspirational obituary in Asbury Park Press.

Sleeping in, eating pancakes, having a pig float by to offer a renewable source of perfectly crisp bacon, playing a winged volleyball match, and an evening of watching reality TV on DVR. Heather Ann Whetzel-Bissegger’s memoriam in the Salt Lake Tribune imaginatively explores how she might be spending her birthday in heaven.

Walter and Jeanny Bick (Toronto Star)Walter and Jeanny Bick "survived the horrors of the Holocaust by posing as Christian farmers - they were neither Christian nor farmers - but that was the only way they could get into Canada in 1939." Visit their obituary in the Toronto Star to see how their resourcefulness in the face of a glut of cucumbers in 1944 allowed them to live a life of generosity to others.

A World War II veteran, Saul Shuller passed away at age 95. His obituary details the many ways he kept his mind sharp through the years, and mentions that "he complained almost never - except about traffic on Interstate 75." His family got a laugh on the way to the burial: "the funeral procession got stuck in I-75 traffic. They knew Mr. Shuller would be watching, and grumbling about it one last time." Read more in The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bob "Harry" Wiedeke wrote his own obituary in the Sun-Sentinel. In addition to sharing details about the many people who made a difference in his life, he invites his friends to visit his gravesite to "stop by and have a beer on me, literally, in this case."

Marcella Dunn (Idaho Statesman)Marcella Bernice Winter Dunn's obituary in the Idaho Statesman includes practical advice she learned over the course of her 102 years of life: "Floss daily, give nice presents, homemade candy is delicious, speak your mind, work hard and always carry a hanky."


Written by Katie Falzone and Linnea Crowther