Marine writes his own obit, leaves ’em laughin’

| March 12, 2014

The Washington Times reports that Korean War Marine veteran, Walter George Bruhl Jr., celebrating his own death, wrote his own obituary. Hillarity ensued;

A sampling of his obituary: “Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935, a spinal disc in 19745, a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988 and his prostate on March 27th 2000,” he wrote. He also made fun of his wife’s love of fur by saying she will now be able “to purchases the mink coat which he had always refused her because he believed only minks should wear mink” — and then mocked his viewing.

“There will be no viewing since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so that he would appear natural to visitors…”

Here’s a screen shot of the entire obituary from Reddit posted by one of his four grandchildren;

Bruhl Obit

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Kudos to the family for honoring his wishes in publishing that obit.

  2. ANCCPT says:

    That’s pure Philly right there. He did what he wanted, and did it with style. Rest in Peace, Marine, and don’t take no sass offa St. Peter. Rumor has it he’s a New Yorker.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Q: How many “Nooh Yawkers” does it take to change a light bulb?

      A: NONE!! They’d rather sit in the dark while they cuss each other out!!

  3. rb325th says:

    RIP and that my friends is called going out on your terms.

  4. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Nicely done Sarge! RIP indeed….

  5. tm says:

    RIP Mr. Bruhl. I love how he started with the classic line from the Monty Python “Dead Parrot” sketch.

    Note that his description of his military service is pretty short, with half of it blaming the old movies he watched as a kid.

    He ends the obituary with a very classy request in lieu of flowers.

  6. TSO says:

    47 year member of The American Legion I was overjoyed to see.

  7. Hondo says:

    I wish I’d have had a chance to know you, Mr. Bruhl. Rest in peace.

    Somehow I think you will. You certainly managed to come to terms with life on this Earth.

  8. Atkron says:

    Bravo Zulu Mr. Bruhl; Fair Winds and Following Seas to you Sir…

  9. Rochambeau says:

    What’s a Grecian Urn? Oh, about 200 drachmas a week. Great line!

  10. Sparks says:

    Rest In Peace old Marine. Thank you for serving. Bless your family as well. He sounded like a great and funny man to be around. Probably a kick to raise a glass with anytime. Wish I had had the chance! Here’s to you Walter George Bruhl Jr. Until we meet someday…Here-Here!

  11. Ex-PH2© says:

    I do hope he left behind some great stories. RIP, Walt.

    • tm says:

      His grandkid on reddit said that he had a whole bunch of good Facebook statuses. And that it was Walt that got the grandkid onto South Park.

      • MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

        That is frig cool … “Hey Grandpa … Did you see South Park last night?”

        He sounds like he was a solid live for today Vet! Because after Korea … Everything was extra!

  12. Retired Master says:

    It will be an honor to raise a glass to you sir. May you rest in eternal peace.

  13. Club Manager says:

    All of the above and this evening I will raise a glass of Famous Grouse to you sir. RIP, you earned that privilege.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I just finished a beer, and I have some Famous grouse (THE most popular blended Whiskey in Scotland!) handy, so hey, CL, I’m just gonna have to copycat you!!

  14. Toasty Coastie©™ says:

    RIP Marine..

    I will be raising a Jameson to you and will honour your request to do something nice and unexpected for someone.

    I wish I had known you…Your legacy will live on through your family and your brothers and sisters in arms.

  15. streetsweeper says:

    Love it!

  16. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    REST IN PEACE, SGT Bruhl, God Bless. As soon as I finish posting this, I’ll be enjoying a glass of Famous Grouse in honor of you, you have inspired me, forgive me if I ready a “fill-in-the-date” Obituary of myself, I don’t want people crying when my time comes, I’d like it to just be a celebration, remembrance of good times, and an “until we meet again”-themed occasion!

  17. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    First, God Bless the USMC and His Funny Soul!

    Second, now that he is dead and gone … I am stealing his singularly brilliant idea!


    (Krackin’ Up Inside … Planning)

  18. MAJ Arkay says:

    Now that’s the best obit I have ever read, bar none.

    RIP, SGT Bruhl, and thank you for showing us all how to go out on a smile.