Being asked to write the obituary of a friend or family member you’ve lost is an honor, but can be stressful. By reading this example obituary it will help you write a touching obituary for the one you loved.
Start by reading the example obituary for a man or woman below. Reading a well-written obituary will show you how an obituary is structured and what information is typically is included. The beginning of the obituary is the most important part because it announces the death to the person’s friends, relatives and acquaintances. The remainder of the obituary gives an overview of the person’s life, their family and the funeral details.
EXAMPLE OBITUARY FOR A MAN:
ANDERSON ROBINSON, 85
Anderson Matthew Robinson, 85, of Portland, Oregon, passed away on April 11, 2012 peacefully in his sleep.
The funeral service will be held at 9:00 AM on April 12, 2012 at Young Family Funeral Home. Reverend Martin Thomas of St. Anthony’s United Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 3:30 PM on April 11, 2012 at St. Anthony’s United Church. Burial will follow the funeral at Mountain Cemetery at 5:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Young Family Funeral Home.
Anderson was born in Eugene, Oregon on April 19, 1927. He graduated from Eugene Hills High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree from the University of Oregon.
Anderson was married to Chelsea M. Robinson (White) on July 20, 1950; they were married 62 years.
Anderson worked as the VP of Marketing at a major clothing company for more than 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, boating, watching TV, playing hockey and spending time with his friends and family. He was also actively involved in volunteering for many years and was a dedicated member of the Portland Big Brothers.
Anderson is survived by his three children, Michael B. Robinson and his wife Kathy, James Robinson and his wife Tracy, and Will Robinson; his 2 grandchildren Jamie and Stacy; his 2 brothers, Mark G. Robinson and Jon F. Robinson; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his relatives and friends.
Anderson is preceded in death by his parents, Gary F. Robinson and Mary Sue M. Robinson; as well as his sister, Stefanie B. King.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Big Brothers of America, 9900 North 21st Street, Washington, DC 55555. The family of Anderson Robinson wishes to thank the Portland City Hospice and Palliative Care Center as well as St. Anthony’s United Church.
EXAMPLE OBITUARY FOR A WOMAN:
LILLIAN WOOD, 92
Lillian Emily Wood, age 92 of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2012. She was born to the late Herman Wood and Annette Smith Wood on January 5, 1920.
Lillian attended Des Moines Elementary School and Cedar Rapids High School, before attending the University of Iowa, where she was a member of Alpha Beta Sorority. She volunteered at a local soup kitchen where she fed countless homeless people for more than 30 years. She also served on the fundraising committee for the American Red Cross for many years. She was also a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Family and friends were Lillian’s love and joy. She grew up spending holiday’s with her brother, Nicholas, and her two cousins, Bonnie and Julia. She loved to try new recipes and entertain and frequently had dinner parties at her house. For several years, Lillian would visit the Caribbean in the wintertime. She enjoyed her time in the Caribbean and made many lifelong friends there.
Lillian was a member of the Des Moines Lawn Bowling Club, the Waverley Lawn Bowling Club in St. Maarten as well as the Deep Cove Golf Course in Iowa. She loved to lawn bowl and golf. She was very active and loved being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Lillian is survived by her brother, Nicholas M. Wood, and her two cousins who were like sisters to her, Bonnie F. (Mark) Martin and Julia D. (Kelly) Sampson. She also leaves behind a lot of caring relatives and friends.
Lillian requested a private funeral with her family. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her over the last three months. Donations may be made to the Cedar Rapids Homeless Shelter, 55 W 21st Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 55555, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4432 N14th Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 55555.
Arrangements were provided by Hayes and Myers Funeral Home.
Hopefully the example obituary for a man and woman above inspired you to start writing the obituary for your loved one. Next, we suggest that you read our guides to formatting an obituary or use an obituary template to collect the information for the obituary.
Updated: April 24, 2012