Douglas Legler's obituary in the Fargo Forum is shorter than his own name.
Short and sweet. (via Fargo Forum)
Douglas Allen Legler, 85, died recently in North Dakota. He was a husband and father who lived a long and fruitful life, working at times as a truck driver, vending machine repairman, and farm equipment painter. He was also a singer, and once placed second in a talent show. But he was adamant that none of that information appear in his obituary. His daughter Janet Stoll told The Fargo Forum:
"He said over and over, when I die I want my obituary to just say 'Doug Died.' [Other people's obituaries] would say 'he was the president of this, a director of this' and Dad would say, 'What, couldn't they hold down a job?'"
In the end, it was Legler's sense of humor that defined him, so his unique self-written obituary suits him perfectly. Stoll said about her father:
"He was very lighthearted and had a great sense of humor. He was very quick-witted, and funny. He was one of a kind, he really was. Everyone loved him that met him."
Since the obituary was posted online, it has spread across the Internet. People everywhere are charmed by Legler's words (both of them) and wish they could have known him. As his daughter says, this is a good reflection of the way he lived:
"He didn't realize how much people loved and cared about him."
Now that he's gone, strangers from far and wide are loving him in a way he never could have predicted. It's just too bad Doug died.