Surgeon and Army veteran pens incredible obituary to himself before his death ...

Dr Thomas Lee Flanigan (pictured) was known by many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it wasn't surprising when his patients, friends and family members found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could

Dr Thomas Lee Flanigan (pictured) was known by many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it wasn't surprising when his patients, friends and family members found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could

An Ohio surgeon penned an incredible obituary for himself before his death last week at the age of 48.

Dr Thomas Lee Flanigan was known by many for his humor and his Facebook memes, so it wasn't surprising when his patients, friends and family members found out that he had written his own obituary in a way that only he could. 

The married, father-of-three, who also served in the Army, died on April 27. 

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'Well, that's it. I have completed my shift as the great American cliché. In the spirit of what turned out to be my last New Year's letter, my wild and crazy life has again taken a new, unexpected turn with my shocking and unexpected, yet fabulous, exit,' Flanigan wrote in the obituary shared on Legacy.com. 

Flanigan wrote that he has 'joined the likes of Princess Diana, John Belushi, and Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter in leaving while still at the top of my game as an iconic superhero who seemed almost too good to be true'.

'It was a good run. No, a great run, but I can't take all the credit. Northern Michigan University and my Lambda Chi Alpha brothers, Wayne State University Medical School, The United States Army, colleagues, various celebrities, random cartoon characters, people who make memes, Russians and other friends and family all contributed,' he wrote. 

Flanigan said his wife, Amy, and their children, Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13, and Sylvia, 10, 'are the absolute best'. 

The married, father-of-three (pictured with his wife, left, and their children), who also served in the Army, died on April 27

The married, father-of-three (pictured with his wife, left, and their children), who also served in the Army, died on April 27

Flanigan said his wife, Amy, and their children, Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13, and 10-year-old Sylvia (all pictured) 'are the absolute best'

Flanigan said his wife, Amy, and their children, Joey, 14, Evelyn, 13, and 10-year-old Sylvia (all pictured) 'are the absolute best'

'Please take good care of them like the priceless treasures they are,' Flanigan wrote before saying he only got married and children for the jokes. 

'I will admit that I originally got married for the husband jokes and had kids for the dad jokes. It did not disappoint. The jokes I mean, but Amy and the kids were pretty

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