LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) – Milton Andrew Munson’s obituary recalled his life as an Air Force veteran, pharmacist, husband and father, and as a football fan in Nebraska. That was evident in an obituary line: “Instead of flowers, make an irresponsibly large bet that Nebraska beat Iowa.”
Munson, 73, died Nov. 16. The obituary, written by Munson’s sons, was published Thursday in the Hastings Tribune. Lincoln Journal Star reported. It caught fire on social media and captured the attention of two radio hosts, Josh Peterson, co-host of an afternoon sports talk show on KOZN-AM in Omaha and Jack Mitchell of KLIN-AM in Lincoln.
They decided to put up some money and place a bet for the Huskers to make a surprise at Friday night’s game in Lincoln, but once the word got out, listeners and others contributed and the total rose to nearly $ 5,000.
“I mentioned it (Monday) on the air,” Peterson said. “We talked about it for four or five minutes and said ‘Here’s my Venmo if you want to donate.’ It’s blown up. “
Munson’s son Todd was on Peterson’s show Tuesday and said the family will give some of the money to Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and will use something to bet on the Cornhuskers to beat the Hawkeyes, who are favored by a point and … a half.
Todd Munson, a writer who lives in Los Angeles, said he and his brother had a complicated relationship with their father, who struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction. But when they had a conversation, it almost always involved the Huskers.
Milton Munson’s love for the Huskers and the game had to be part of his story, said Todd’s brother Troy, a neurosurgeon in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez will be out for Friday’s game, but Todd Munson wrote on Twitter that the Huskers will get help from elsewhere.
“If the ghost of my old man can’t lead the Huskers to victory on Friday, then they really are a lost cause.”