Have you recently lost a husband, father, brother or another important man in your life? Using our examples of an obituary will help you write the perfect obituary for the one you loved.
It is likely that you have never written an obituary, or have very little experience writing one, that is why we have written the following examples to help you. Reading the two examples of an obituary below should be the first thing you do before writing an obituary. The examples will show you two different layouts and styles that you can use as well as what is included in a typical obituary.
After reading the examples below, we recommend that you download one of our obituary templates. The template will be useful for collecting the information for the obituary. Next, read our guides to writing the perfect obit for helpful tips. After you have followed those three steps you will be ready to write a meaningful obituary for the man you loved. Both of the obituaries below are fictional.
EXAMPLES OF AN OBITUARY
EXAMPLE OBITUARY 1:
PHILIP JENKINSON, 89
Phillip Frank Jenkinson, 89, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on March 10, 2012 peacefully in his sleep.
The funeral service will be held at 9:00 AM on March 12, 2012 at Sanderson and Sons Funeral Home. Reverend Mike Jones of St. Anthony Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 3:00 PM on March 11, 2012 at St. Anthony Church. Burial will follow the funeral at City View Cemetery at 3:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sanderson and Sons Funeral Home.
Phillip was born in Nashville, Tennessee on February 19, 1923. He graduated from Nashville Hills High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education Degree from the University of Tennessee.
Phillip was married to June A. Jenkinson (Williams) on July 20, 1945; they were married 67 years.
Phillip worked as a teacher at a local high school for more than 30 years. He enjoyed reading, going to the movies, playing and watching sports. He was also actively involved in teaching basketball for many years and was a dedicated member of the Memphis Variety Club.
Phillip is survived by his two children, Bill W. Jenkinson and his wife Amy, Jim Jenkinson; his 2 grandchildren Adam and Bettina; his 2 brothers, Martin L. Jenkinson and Ken B. Jenkinson; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.
Phillip is preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. Jenkinson and June J. Jenkinson; as well as his sister, Jennifer G. Sanderson.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Society, 2234 East 21st Street, Washington, DC 00000. The family of Phillip Jenkinson wishes to thank the Memphis City Hospice and Palliative Care Center as well as St. Anthony Church.
EXAMPLE OBITUARY 2:
SIMON LEWIS, 72
Simon Eric Lewis passed away at his home in San Francisco on Friday, March 6, 2012 at the age of 72.
Simon is predeceased by his parents, Jake and Mary Beth Lewis, and his brother, Lawrence Lewis.
Simon is survived by his loving wife Jane of 37 years. They were married in Hawaii on June 25, 1975.
Simon is lovingly remembered by his wife Jane of San Francisco; brother Matt (Chelsea) Lewis of San Francisco; sister Mandy (Jon) Harris; sons Will and Jack Lewis; and loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Simon was born in San Jose, California in 1940. He graduated from San Jose District 15 High School in 1958 and went on to earn a Degree in Commerce from California University in 1964. He worked as a VP of Operations at the San Francisco Times Newspaper.
Simon enjoyed sports, especially baseball, as well as movies, reading and spending time with his family.
The visitation will be held at Moore and Sons Funeral Home, 5523 North 15th Street, San Francisco, California on March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am. Prayers will be offered from St. Anthony’s United Church, 345 East 15th Street, San Francisco, California on March 8 at 3:30 pm.
The funeral service will be held at Moore and Sons Funeral Home on March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am with Rev. Jake Walker officiating. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 4332 Mountain View Lane, San Francisco, WA at 3:30 pm. A wake will take place at Jane Smith’s House on March 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 943 West 25th Street, Washington, DC 00000. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.yourtribute.com.
The examples of an obituary above will have shown you how to structure an obit. Now we recommend that you download one of our obituary templates and read our guides to writing the perfect obit for more help.
Updated: April 23, 2012