Great-Uncle Gus

My Great-Uncle Emil “Gus” Oranchak, who served in the 11th Airborne Division during WWII, passed away over the weekend and his funeral is tomorrow. I went to 1800Flowers.com to order and ship some sympathy flowers, and I noticed a curious entry in the choices for “Name of the deceased”:

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“Myself”?

It gave me chuckle in the midst of the bad news.

4 responses to “Great-Uncle Gus

  1. I don’t know how appropriate it is to say, “Whoa that’s funny!,” when you have a death in the family .. but .. it is.

    I suppose if you committed suicide, you could have it set up so they find the flowers when they find your body.

    Anyway — Sorry for your loss. I only ever knew one great uncle, Jack Bowen, and he died of cancer when I was 10 or so. My first funeral, and his wife was my latest funeral (been to 5, I believe).

  2. I’m sorry for your loss, Dave. But that is funny.

  3. I don’t know how appropriate it is to say, “Whoa that’s funny!,” when you have a death in the family .. but .. it is.

    I think George Bernard Shaw said it best:

    “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

    To me, death is a reminder to enjoy things that are funny even more.

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