Viral obituary says Plymouth man passed away 'after the Vikings allowed 17 unanswered points'

The Plymouth man died after the Vikings blew another lead.

It can be hard to find humor after a loved one passes away, but the family of a Minnesota man has found it, ironically, thanks to the Minnesota Vikings.

John J. Ford, 86, of Plymouth, died this week while the Vikings were losing to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Ford's obituary, which was posted in the Star Tribune, has gone viral, as it leads with this line: 

"Ford, John J. Age 86 of Plymouth, passed away surrounded by family on December 2nd after the Vikings allowed 17 unanswered points."

With the Vikings leading 17-10 at the half, Ford apparently watched the horrendous third quarter in which Seattle peppered the Vikings with 17 quick points, then actually made it 24 unanswered points with a touchdown in the opening 90 seconds of the fourth quarter, making it 34-17 Seattle. 

Minnesota went on to lose 37-30. 

Ford's daughter told KSTP that it was "classic" Vikings, and that if her father could've written his own obituary, he would've said the same thing. 

While the Vikings never got it done, Ford certainly did as his obituary explains that he served as a U.S. Army paratrooper with the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 187th Infantry Regiment.

Ford went on to hold executive positions with Sears and Montgomery Ward before transitioning to a career with Plymouth-based Carlson Companies, and then starting his own marketing company. 

He also enjoyed golf and a good cigar. 

"I did not know him but there's been many times that I almost died with unanswered points allowed by the Vikings," a commenter wrote on the Star Tribune's website. "May your heart be filled with beautiful memories of your father, husband, grandfather. Perhaps from heaven, he could help us get a Superbowl win."

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An earlier version of this story stated that Mr. Ford served in WWII. This was an error as he would have been 12 when the war ended. We apologize for the error.

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