One of the shortest obituaries ever published appeared in a North Dakota newspaper on July 1, consisting of just two words featured beneath the late Douglas Legler’s photograph. It read: “Doug died.”
Now a viral sensation after appearing in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the 85-year-old got his wish of keeping his death notice minimal.
"He just wanted it short and sweet, and he felt he hadn't accomplished enough or something, I don't know," Legler’s daughter Janet Stoll said. "He came up with it, and all he wanted was just, 'Doug died.' We were just trying to following his wishes. We had no idea it would turn into what it has."
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Stoll added that her father was “very lighthearted and had a great sense of humor.”
“He said over and over, when I die I want my obituary to just say 'Doug died,’” Stoll told the Forum. "(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?'"
Legler died on June 27. He worked as a driver for the Nash Finch Company for many years and was a car enthusiast, reports The Huffington Post. Stoll said that despite his “gruff exterior,” her father had a “heart of gold.”
"He loved my mom deeply ... she was the love of his life," Stoll said. "He was kindhearted and generous. He didn't realize how much people loved and cared about him."
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Legler was known for his adoration of his late wife, love for country music, singing and making goofy faces, according to WCSC.
"He was very quick-witted, and funny. He was one of a kind, he really was. Everyone loved him that met him," Stoll said.
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