Daughter Gives Dad 'A Proper Sendoff' With Hilarious And Loving Obituary

"He was a renowned distributor of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to his grandchildren."

Jean Lahm honored her father's memory with an obituary that was a better fit for her dad's personality than the traditional ones she's used to seeing. Lahm works at Geisen Funeral Homes in Indiana. Her father, Terry Ward, died on Jan. 23 at age 71 after suffering from a stroke. He left behind "32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper, and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse," according to Lahm's obit for him. 

In about 600 words, Lahm humorously recounted her father's love for his family, his interests, and a few other things he had become known for. She explained that he "escaped this mortal realm" with the belief that "The Blues Brothers was the best movie ever, (young) Clint Eastwood was the baddest-ass man on the planet, and hot sauce can be added to absolutely any food." 


Ward was an active combat Veteran in the Vietnam War and later worked for AT&T which he retired from "after 39 years of begrudging service." Thanks to his job, he "accumulated roughly 3,000 rolls of black electrical tape" and used it for "everything from open wounds to 'Don't use this button' covers."

Some of the things he enjoyed were "hunting, fishing, golfing, snorkeling, ABBA, hiking Turkey Run, chopping wood, shooting guns, Bed Bath & Beyond, starlight mints, cold beer, free beer, The History Channel, CCR, war movies, discussing who makes the best pizza, The Chicago White Sox, old Buicks, and above all, his family."

But there were some things he didn't care for, too. "He despised 'uppity foods' like hummus, which his family lovingly called 'bean dip' for his benefit, which he loved consequently," Lahm wrote. "He couldn't give a damn about most material things, and automobiles were never to be purchased new. He never owned a personal cell phone and he had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians." 

Ward's personality leaps off the page thanks to the tribute from his daughter. So much so that strangers have been sharing the obituary on social media and noting they wish they could've known him. 

"I love that humor resonates with people in regards to an obituary. Being in the funeral industry, I've seen that when families can come together, celebrate a life and truly laugh, it's what helps them heal," Lahm told the Chicago Tribune. "What really mattered to me most was that we were able to celebrate his life with a proper sendoff. It was with all the people who knew and loved him, laughing and laughing."

Instead of flowers, gifts, or monetary support, Lahm asked that mourners make donations in his name "to your favorite charity or your favorite watering hole, where you are instructed to tie a few on and tell a few stories of the great Terry Ward."

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