A Nebraska woman is making headlines this week after the obituary she wrote for her late husband has gone viral for all the right reasons.
Crystal Sauser lost her husband Eric Sauser on Feb. 26 after a two-year battle with leukemia. The two had been married for 13 years, and share three young children: Amelia, 11, Violet, 9, and Benjamin, 5.
Following his recent death, Crystal says she went to the mortuary to view obituary templates, but none of them were her or Eric’s style, and didn’t fully allow her to capture who he was as a person. So she took things into her own hands and crafted her husband’s obituary herself.
“Eric A. Sauser, AKA Super Dad, AKA Easy, just a rockin’ dude … passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the age of 43 with his wife by his side,” it read. “His departure was just in time for him to make his spiritual appearance at every Red Sox spring game. Eric is survived by his wife, Crystal, and three children, Amelia, Violet and Benjamin, all of whom will likely sleep in the same bed for many years to come (sorry, Eric).”
The obituary went on, describing how Eric loved many people. “And there is a good chance he told you that – probably sober, but maybe not,” Crystal wrote.
Eric loved, in this order, his smoking hot wife, his brilliant kids and family, his many friends, the Boston Red Sox, the Kansas City Chiefs (before being a Chiefs fan was cool), the Huskers, Liverpool Futbol, QT iced tea, Adidas sneakers, fishing, backpacking, hiking, hunting, and any old Chevy he saw on the road.”
“We are not positive, but we think the cause of death was either leukemia or more likely being ‘dead sexy.’ Eric, we’ve always loved you and miss you already.”
Crystal closed out the obituary by inviting guests to attend her husband’s “once-in-a-lifetime” celebration of life with the request of “jamming out to Ozzy Osborne” afterwards.
“In lieu of flowers, please pray that the Huskers have a winning season, or send a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in Eric’s name. He would appreciate either or both.”
Eric’s daughter Amelia read the obituary at his celebration of life on Mar 4.
After being published in the Omaha World-Herald, the obituary was shared on Twitter where it quickly went viral, with several users commenting on Eric’s cool-ness and lasting legacy.
— Bob Glissmann (@BobGlissmann) February 28, 2021
“I didn’t know this man, but I wish I would have,” one user wrote in the comments.
Others said they wish they could’ve had the chance to party with Eric.
Crystal says she thinks her husband “is grinning right now from ear to ear,” over all of the attention the obituary has received. “He’s red in the face because he would never want a call to attention like he’s getting right now,” Crystal added.
In a follow-up tweet, Crystal thanked people for all of the love on her husband’s obituary. “The guy is a legacy and a stud,” she said. “He made it easy to write because he was so freakin cool. Stay sexy, Eric and yes, the garage light is still on.”
You can read Eric’s full obituary here.