We should always recognize and respect the service of those who have served and continue to serve in the military. Most soldiers go into a warzone not knowing if they’ll make it back. In some cases, those who return from war are left physically and emotionally scarred. That’s something Private First Class Stanley C. Stoltz understood all too well. He tried living a peaceful, quiet life when he got home. Stoltz was a very private man who had no children. So, when he passed away, it seemed like no one would come to his funeral. But an ad in the obituaries changed all that.
The obituary ad invited everyone to attend the funeral of Private First Class Stanley C. Stoltz. Stoltz was a Vietnam veteran who had spent most of his life in solitude on the outskirts of Omaha, Nebraska. He had been married twice before, but one wife passed away and the other one divorced him.
People shared the funeral announcement on social media without realizing the impact it would have. Netizens realized they couldn’t allow this veteran to be laid to rest without anyone bidding him farewell. So, thanks to the tweeted obituary ad, people flocked over to Omaha. The turnout was so massive that it practically reached the interstate.
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Chaplain Roy Edwards had never seen a crowd of mourners this big for any funeral he had attended. At most, a dearly departed ends up getting anywhere from 6 to 15 cars. But what Edwards witnessed was closer to 400 hundred cars. It was truly a touching scene—one that Stoltz would have been humbled by.
Outpouring Of Love
According to Good Shepherd Funeral Home director Mike Hoy, some of Stoltz family came forward. The surviving family members were undoubtedly grateful for the outpouring of love and support. But Hoy himself admitted that he was a bit awestruck and humbled by the response to the ad he had placed in the newspaper.
It was a cold winter day, but strangers from far and wide bundled up and came to pay their respects. Among the crowd was Stoltz’s brother, Keith, and his hospice workers, who had assisted him until his very last moments on Earth. But all anyone had to do was look at the cars lined up on the road to know that Private Stoltz had many mourners eager to say goodbye.