Thursday, April 26, 2012

An Obit worth its salt

I still have not much in the way of blog material – lots of new job-itis (learning the job, learning the people, learning the best way to get to the office) … it has had me preoccupied, no doubt about it.  Am working the 8AM to 6PM schedule, but in the doing so, get to take off every other Friday.  However, it does cut into my home computer time a bit.  So if I’m slow on getting around for the next short while, bear with me.  My free days so far have been spent with Mr. Personality aka Caleb the Super Boy, and his mommy.   Caleb has cut into the Mom&Kym time, but we don’t mind.  He’s pretty cute.  Lots of personality wrapped up in one little guy.


Meanwhile, I saw this over on The Lost Ogle (local sarky blog) and must say, it is probably the best obituary I have ever read.  So I wanted to share.   Don’t know the guy, but have known plenty like him.  And what a write-up!  Gotta love it. The first bit is the Lost Ogle’s commentary.  You have to be FROM here to know what an Ogle is.  There are three of them.  We generally watch the Ogle-Free news channel.  But you gotta be FROM here to know what that means.

The obituary for this dude from Ponca City is pretty amazing
Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 under RIP by Patrick

The guy pictured above is Joshua Micheal McMahan. He died on April 18, 2012. I didn’t know Joshua, and until yesterday wasn’t even aware he had ever existed, but now I wish I knew him thanks to this amazing obituary in the Ponca City News:

Joshua Micheal (nope, not a typo it’s really spelled that way) McMahan left this world April 18, 2012. He was loved, hated, praised, and cursed by relatives and friends alike. He ultimately passed as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ (or anyone else for that matters) orders, and raising hell for a little more than three decades. He lived life on his own terms.

Josh was born on Sept. 16, 1978, to Linda Burgert Waller. Josh was a beautiful, unique, kind, and loving spirit man. Joshie endured around ten mind-numbing years of public schooling. He had worked as a pizza delivery boy and call center representative before shockingly becoming independently “wealthy.”

He loved music, beer, movies, vodka, television, and women, but not necessarily in that order. He was also an awesome drummer!/vocalist? and was in several bands over the years. He lived in Ponca City his entire life except for the past year where he was forced to put up with his sister and brother-in-law out in the middle of nowhere — a little piece of terra firma aptly called Haskell.

He is survived by Rosie, his long-time canine companion; a sister, Melanie Waller Ochoa; a brother-in-law, DJ Ochoa; a best friend/brother, Cliff Crull; three nieces, Miranda, Emma, and Camille; and one nephew, Maxx. Josh had no children of his own (at least none that we know of). He was preceded in death by Mom Linda, Grandma Nina Burgert, and Grandpa Joe Burgert.

A remembrance service will be held at 2 p.m. April 25 in the chapel of Trout Funeral Home where you may re-tell the stories he can no longer share. Anyone dressed in a suit or Sunday’s best will be promptly escorted back to their vehicle. Just kidding … we’ll accept you as you are — just as Josh would have in life. Please be wary for any children’s sake, there may be profanity and/or alcohol involved. If you have a special memory or maybe just want to irritate Josh for all eternity, please bring a magnet or sticker to attach to his casket for evermore.

In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, please give generously, in Joshs’ honor, to

JRock will be placed to rest in the St. Mary’s section of Odd Fellows (the irony) Cemetery in Ponca City and I’m sure he would invite you to come by later and have a laugh on him — literally.


moi said...

I love this! We should all be so lucky to be ushered out in such a blaze of verbal glory.

Hope all is going well with your new job, pinch Caleb's cheeks, and give Kym my best!

Aunty Belle said...

Oh Mercy! What an Obit!! That's a send-off the fella would approve of, ain't it? Great thang to share wif' us.

I miss Kym--but I git it. Hug her fer me, an' y'all spoil Caleb. Grwoin' up comes soon enough.

Pam said...

Moi: I loved this too. Someone did good on his behalf.

Auntie: Best send-off ever.

Both: Kymmie just has her hands full. Boy never stops. Boy. Never. Stops. And he is more mobile now and needs more watching. This baby business is not for the timid.

Buzz Kill said...

I love the magnets on the casket idea. I'll have to remember that one. Mobile boys will wear you out. They will put magnets on the casket. bwahahahaha

chickory said...

I am printing this out as a guideline for anybody who might give a **** when i die . thanks for posting , I Loved it.