Even controversial politicians receive wholesome obituaries when they pass away, as this customary column is meant to highlight the better parts of a person’s life and how they will be missed – well not for this Iowa man. In one of the most legendary obituaries someone has ever received, the family of this cancer patient did not shy away from telling some hilariously cold hard truths about their dear old Tim who was known for his “inappropriate comments, not holding back, and telling it like it is.” While you may not have known this “weathered cowboy” after reading this obituary you will wish you had.
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A friend wrote in Tim’s obituary’s guestbook that he “was a great friend and a living hero. We know Tim is going to go through the great tribulation and make it to the other side. Because God needs good people like Tim. He will be missed, but never forgotten.” Another one shared that “pretty much all the mischief that I was involved in as a kid can be traced back to Tim Schrandt. Tim was larger than life. He lived life on his terms. You either jumped on for the ride or he run you over. He was one of those people that you rarely meet in life but also will never forget.” It’s clear that what Tim had was lots of family and friends that loved him deeply.
The very first obituaries date back to the early Roman times of around 59 BC. In papyrus newspapers called Acta Diurna (Daily Events). Fast forward to the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1439 and the practice continued as an important news practice. During the Civil War people relied on obituaries to keep up with news of loved ones who might have been killed. In all these eras these columns served as practical ways to share information of someone’s death, it wasn’t until the latter part of the 20th century that people began to write more detailed accounts and stories.
Nowadays obituaries are not only less formal, but they are also reaching more and more people outside of the hometown newspaper community. Legacy.com is a company that has partnerships with over 1,500 newspapers and 3,500 funeral homes in the U.S, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, to publish obituaries. This means that people like Tim are getting their stories more readily spread across the internet, much to the delight of the rest of the world.