Everyone grieves the loss of a loved one in their own way, and for Jean Lahm, humor proved to be the best medication — something she learned from her late, beloved father.
Lahm lately had to say goodbye to 71 -year-old Terry Ward, who died of a stroke on January 23. He’s run , now, but his funny spirit will live on in the memories of those luck enough to know him — and even those who’ve never met him, thanks to the hilarious obituary written by his daughter.
Ward “was all about stimulating people laugh, ” Lahm, who works at Geisen Funeral Homes in Indiana, told Today. “He only had this quirky, witty sense of humor and we all got it from him. The household was built on who could get the best laugh.” That’s why Lahm’s account of her father’s life couldn’t be more fitting.
In the obituary, Lahm writes that Ward leaves “behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would demonstrate helpful in cases where there a zombie apocalypse.”
Of the “many, many things” he enjoyed, Lahm lists “hunting, angling, golfing, snorkeling, ABBA, hiking Turkey Run, chopping timber, shooting handguns, Bed Bath& Beyond, starlight mints, cold brew, free beer, The History Channel, CCR, war movies, discussing who attains the best pizza, The Chicago White Sox, old Buicks, and above all, his family.”
Ward, who “couldn’t dedicate a damn about most material things” and “had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians, ” also “despised ‘uppity foods’ like hummus, which his family lovingly called ‘bean dip’ for his benefit, which he loved consequently.”