June 09, 2008
Now that's a burial

We should all have as cool a way to depart this vale of tears as this.

The man who designed the Pringles potato crisp packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes has been buried in one of the iconic cans.

Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati, his family said. He was 89.

Baur's children said they honored his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can, with some placed in another urn and given to a grandson, said Baur's daughter, Linda Baur of Diamondhead, Miss.

Baur requested the burial arrangement because he was proud of his design of the Pringles container, a son, Lawrence Baur of Stevensville, Mich., said Monday.

I suppose the only downside is that a Pringles can wouldn't be particularly attractive on the fireplace mantle, but since they're burying it that would seem to resolve that qualm. Rest in peace, Fredric J. Baur.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 09, 2008 to National news