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Tornado Chaser's Obituary: Launch Me Into a Twister

Missouri man had a real feel for the weather
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2018 4:32 PM CDT
Updated May 25, 2018 4:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: "That'll be fun!!!!" Jim "Mad Dog" Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died Tuesday, reports the AP. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death, saying the Springfield man was 64. He'd lived with a heart condition for several years.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sellars's older brother, John Sellars, described his brother as a "renaissance man." Jim Sellars worked more than three decades for a telephone company, served as a reserve police officer, and had a lifelong passion for weather and HAM radios. And for years, he chased storms. John Sellars says his brother could "look at the radar and just know where the storm was headed." It was unclear whether his last wish would actually be fulfilled.

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