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This beloved dad died, and his family can’t stop laughing – at daughter’s hilarious obituary

The daughter of Indiana man Terry Ward says he leaves behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, among other items useful in the zombie apocalypse

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 1:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 2:30pm

A northwest Indiana woman has honoured her father’s memory with a humorous obituary that recounts his fondness for his family and details how he left behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and other items that could prove helpful in a zombie apocalypse.

The obituary for Terry Ward also says he “escaped this mortal realm” with a belief of that “The Blues Brothers” was the best movie ever. It recounts how he drove one of his Illinois high schoolteachers to an early retirement, volunteered to serve in the US Army and worked “39 years of begrudging service” for AT&T. It also includes a long list of things he loved – including “free beer” and “discussing who makes the best pizza” – and says he was known for doling out ice cream sandwiches to his grandchildren.

He despised ‘uppity foods’ like hummus, which his family lovingly called ‘bean dip’ for his benefit, which he loved consequently
Jean Lahm, on her father Terry Ward

Jean Lahm said she wrote the obituary for her father with a bit of humour because he “lived to make other people laugh.” She said she began writing the obituary Tuesday after the 71-year-old died from a massive stroke.

“I wrote it myself and I didn’t tell anyone I was going to make it funny,” said Lahm, who added that her family thought the obituary was perfect.

“He despised ‘uppity foods’ like hummus, which his family lovingly called ‘bean dip’ for his benefit, which he loved consequently,” wrote Lahm, adding her father “had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians”.

The obituary, posted on the website of Geisen Funeral Home, has received attention online and Lahm said she’s read comments from others saying, “I wish I would have known him.” She said she’s just happy to have been able to “get his personality across.”

“He cared about the things that truly mattered. A lot of people can relate to that. A lot of people have these great dads that are just like that. Good guys. That’s what he was,” Lahm said.