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Iowa Man With Leukemia Holds ‘Wake' For Himself

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Dubuque real estate agent has held a “wake” for himself, as he has weeks or even days to live because of a terminal illness.

Sixty-six-year-old Don Lochner invited dozens of friends to a gathering Tuesday night at a local Italian restaurant. Lochner says despite the grim party theme, his priorities are laughing and spending time with people.

The Telegraph Herald reports Lochner is a Navy veteran who was deployed during the Vietnam War. He was diagnosed with leukemia in January, which he believes is linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Lochner says he’s upset about his diagnosis, but he’s decided to skip being mad about it. Friends say they’re not surprised by Lochner’s positive attitude.