Former Sgt. Walter George Bruhl Jr. didn’t leave this Earth without a plan — the Korean War veteran wrote his own obituary, complete with fill-in-the-blank spaces for the date and time of his death.
“His spirit was released from his worn out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe,” his obituary states.
He died in his home on Sunday. He was 80.
Bruhl served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954, with overseas duty in Japan. He reached the rank of sergeant, and joined the Corps “because of Hollywood propaganda, to which he succumbed as a child during [World War II].”
His wife, the obituary states, will now be able to purchase the mink coat he always refused to buy her because “he believed only minks should wear minks.” He also listed several parts of his body that preceded him in death including his tonsils, adenoids, a spinal disc and his prostate.
Bruhl chose to be cremated, according to his obituary, but there won’t be a viewing of his body beforehand “since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels.”
That would’ve made him appear natural to visitors, the obituary states.
He asks those who remember him to celebrate his life by raising a glass of their favorite drink. He also asks that — in lieu of flowers — people perform an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for “some poor unfortunate soul.”
Bruhl’s grandchild, Sam, posted a copy of the obituary to Reddit.
You can also hear an interview with Bruhl’s son, Martin, who discussed his dad’s sense of humor with NPR below.