A Basic Obituary Template

notebook-731212_1920Here’s a simple obituary template to assist your obituary planning and writing efforts. Simply replace the highlighted portions with the appropriate personal information for the deceased.




Basic Obituary Template

NAME, AGE, of RESIDENCE, passed away (died, passed from this earth, went to heaven, etc.), DATE (cause of death optional).

HE/SHE was born (PLACE, DATE OF BIRTH, PARENTS). NAME graduated from SCHOOL and received DEGREE from SCHOOLHE/SHE was married to SPOUSE’S NAME (date of wedding optional).

INSERT OPTIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION HERE: Employment history, accomplishments, organizations, activities, etc.

HE/SHE was survived by CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, ETC. (Make sure to separate each entry with a semicolon or it can get messy. See the example below.)

Funeral arrangements will be held TIME, DATE and PLACE.

An obituary example fashioned from thisangel-497387_1920 obituary template

Jonathan (Jon) Bennett Jacobs of St. Charles, MO passed away on August 12, 2010.

He was born in Chesterfield, MO on September 3, 1957 to parents Joseph and Eileen Jacobs. Jon received his B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Missouri in May 1979. Jon was married his high school sweetheart the former Ms. Mary Ellen Houser in June 1980.

Jon was a dedicated employee of the St. Louis Cardinals where he achieved the status of Head Groundskeeper. Jon was also active in his church along with numerous local civic and charitable organizations.

Jon is survived by his wife Mary and his children Bennett Jacobs; Catherine Anders; and Henry Jacobs; and his granddaughter Ellen Anders.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 17 at Mt. Union Funeral Home in Chesterfield, MO.

As you can see, this basic obituary template can be used to construct an efficient obituary for a lost loved one. Of course you may also elaborate on this template to create a fully custom and personalized obituary for your lost loved one.


    • Dave