Funerals are usually a heartbreaking affair. Saying goodbye to a friend or loved one brings up regrets, memories, and stories that have ended…but in some cases, the person leaves behind laughter! 71-year-old Vietnam veteran wanted the people in his life to remember him with happiness, and if he could make them laugh during the hardest part of saying goodbye…he was going to try his best! Leaving behind the now-viral obituary has millions of people feeling like they knew him personally after reading his hilarious last words! Lovingly written by his daughter, she shared it with family members before sharing it with the world.
Terry Ward “escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Mirachle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.”
The story of how he met his wife had tears of laughter flowing almost instantly. He met his wife “by telling her he was a lineman – he didn’t specify early on that he was a lineman for the phone company, not the NFL. Still, Kathy and Terry wed in the fall of 1969, perfectly between the Summer of Love and the Winter of Regret.” He also thanked “his overly-patient and accepting wife, who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 48 years of marriage).”
After serving active combat duty in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he went on to work and retire from AT&T.
Ward retired “after 39 years of begrudging service, where he accumulated roughly 3,000 rolls of black electrical tape during the course of his career (which he used for everything from open wounds to ‘don’t use this button’ covers).”
The obituary painted a picture of Ward as a person, not just a name, and for that, people were grateful.
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