Denver Post obituary celebrates hell-raising, booze, guns and cars

The Denver Post
The paid obituary for Michael “Flathead” Blanchard reads:

Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died. …

So many of his childhood friends that weren’t killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats. He asks that you stop by and re-tell the stories he can no longer tell. As the Celebration will contain Adult material we respectfully ask that no children under 18 attend.

The Denver Post called it “one of the most interesting obituaries” the paper has ever published and used it as an opportunity to ask people on Facebook, “When it’s time, do you want your friends and family to grieve, or laugh?”

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  • http://www.1monthloanuk.co.uk/ 1 month loan

     He choose that way to live and we are nobody to debate on that, person have to pay for his sins not in this world but before the supreme one.

  • Anonymous

    Refreshing. 
    Newspaper death notices are essential to genealogists. Sometimes it’s hard to get an accurate picture of the person. This notice tells the truth of the man.
    Obit-type articles like this one are a big hit in genealogical circles.

  • Anonymous

    Those were not very nice comments about Vietnam Vets (I’m a Vietnam Era vet, although I wasn’t deployed there).  It’s true that I did end up as a Democrat, but not a criminal.  OK, I’ve ripped a few labels off pillows and mattresses but the statute of limitations has expired.

  • http://ninjamonkey3000.blogspot.in/ mighty

    out of touch

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Good point, @twitter-25519537:disqus . This is a paid death notice, not an obituary written by a staffer, although the Post calls it an obituary on its Facebook page. I added the word “paid” to the first sentence to clarify this.

    Steve Myers
    Poynter.org

  • http://twitter.com/carrieghose Carrie Ghose

    That looks like a paid Death Notice, not an obituary. I think of the term obit as a news item by the staff about a notable death. Or am I out of touch?