Firefighter’s family keeps his sense of humor alive in witty obituary

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – When a loved one passes away, it can be a trying time for family members.

Despite the sadness, William Ziegler’s children knew they had to find a way to laugh.

They told TODAY that their father loved to laugh and would constantly find humor in witty death notices that were posted online.

When he died on July 29, they knew they would have to come up with something that would have made him chuckle.

“William Ziegler escaped the mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the age of 69. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election. He leaves behind four children, five grand-children, and the potted meat industry, for which he was an unofficial spokesman until dietary restrictions forced him to eat real food,” the obituary read.

It goes on to say that he joined the Navy and “immediately realized he didn’t much enjoy being bossed around. He only stuck it out for one war.”

After that, he became a firefighter for the City of New Orleans.

“After twenty-five years, he suddenly realized that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them. He promptly retired. Looking back, William stated that there was no better group of morons and mental patients than those he had the privilege of serving with (except Bob, he never liked you, Bob),” it continued.

The obituary says there will not be a service, but his family assures that this time is for real.

“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,” it reads.


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