Two-word obituary

Published: July 3, 2015

Two-word obituary, A North Dakota man crafted his extraordinary obituary with just two words: “Doug died.”

Douglas Legler, an 85-year-old prankster known for his goofy sense of humor, died Saturday in Fargo. He left behind a loving family – and very specific instructions for his obituary.

“He said over and over, when I die I want my obituary to just say, ‘Doug Died,'” Janet Stoll, Legler’s daughter, told WDAY. “(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?'”

The brief announcement in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead was Legler’s final prank.

“I’m sure he’s laughing up there now,” Stoll says.

Legler, a truck driver and vending machine repair man, was a life-long joker with a knack for making everyone around him laugh, Stoll said.

“He was very lighthearted and had a great sense of humor,” she said. “He was one of a kind, he really was. Everyone loved him that met him.”

Legler’s beloved wife Beverly died 17 years ago. His girlfriend, Renee, died last fall. Despite the hardships, the 85-year-old maintained his wit and heart of gold, Stoll said.

His family will hold a memorial service for him Thursday night – a key detail left out of the obituary that was shorter than his own name.


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