Paul Schlegelmilch's neighbor in Rockville Centre, New York, had some good news and bad news for the World War II veteran. "You're in the paper, but you're in the obituary section of the paper."
The Rockville Centre Herald was supposed to run a story about the 94-year-old being the grand marshal in the city's upcoming Memorial Day parade but wrote the story as his obituary, instead.
When asked how it felt to read his own obituary, Schlegelmilch said, "It felt funny when I started reading. I couldn't believe that I had passed away."
Schlegelmilch isn't taking the situation too seriously.
"It's bothering more people than it's bothering me, to tell you the truth," he said. "People were concerned they hadn't been called; they hadn't been told where I was going to be laid out. It was a bad mistake, is what it was."
The paper, which is published weekly, apologized to Schlegelmilch and plans to print a correction in Thursday's issue.