Obituary Writing Template

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Obituary Writing Template

By using an obituary writing template you will ensure that the obituary you write for your loved one is properly formatted and includes all of the important information from their life.

When a loved one passes away it is an incredibly tragic event and if you are asked to write the obituary it can be very difficult. If you have never written an obituary before it will be hard to know where to begin. Start by reading the obituary example below. It will show you what a completed obituary will look like. Next, download and print the obituary writing template.

Use the template as a guide and contact friends and family of the deceased for help collecting the information for the obituary. After you have collected the necessary information, replace the red boxes in the obituary writing template with the information you collected. If you need more help read our articles on writing an obituary.



Download the obituary writing template then fill in the red boxes. The template includes the following sections: death announcement, funeral service, birth/hometown, education, marriage, career, hobbies/interests, survivors, predeceased, memorial donations and final words.

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Michael “Mike” William Henderson, 82, of Portland, Oregon, passed away on May 1, 2012, in his sleep.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Jones and Smith Funeral Home. Reverend Jack Jenkins of St. Anthony’s United Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Jones and Smith Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral at Mountain View Cemetery at 3:00pm. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jones and Smith Funeral Home.

Michael was born in Eugene, Oregon on February 12, 1930. He graduated from Eugene High School in 1947 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Portland.

Michael was married to Mary (Jones) on July 30, 1955; they were married 67 years.

Michael worked as a VP of Product Development for Nature’s Best Soaps for 35 years. He enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, baseball, reading, movies and spending time with his family. He was also actively involved in the Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon.

Michael is survived by his spouse Mary; two daughters Jennifer (Matt) Carlson, and Allison (Mark) Jones; grandchildren Martin Carlson, Jane Jones, and Alexis Jones, and other family and friends.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Juliette Henderson, and his brother, Frank (Mary Beth) Henderson.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St. Anthony’s United Church, PO Box 555, 2932 West 13th Street, Portland, Oregon 55555. The family of Michael wishes to thank Jones and Smith Funeral Home and the Rotary Club of Portland.


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Jason Ropchan is the Founder and CEO of Your Tribute, an online resource for Funeral and Grief information and products. He has more than 15 years experience in the funeral industry developing and marketing funeral technology. He has worked with thousands of funeral homes worldwide to help them provide online memo...