Writing an Obituary
I. Every obituary should begin with the decedent's name, age, town they most currently lived, and when/where they died.
a. Example: John Doe, 83, of Scottsbluff, died Tuesday at Scottsbluff Area Medical Center.
II. The next one to three paragraphs should briefly include info on the individual beginning with birth to present. Information to include would be their birth date; parents names; schools and years of graduation; jobs held and their locations; marriage dates and locations; military service information; clubs, church, service organization and/or teams they may have been members of.
a. Example: He was born June 3, 1927, in Scribner, to Jack and Jane Doe. He graduated from Scribner High School in 1945 and received his bachelor’s degree in 1949 from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
He served with the 2nd division Army Engineers in Korea. Upon returning home in 1955, he married Jill (Smith) at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scottsbluff.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Scottsbluff Kiwanis Club and the VFW.
III. The obituary should then include the surviving family members in one paragraph and those that have preceded them in death in a separate paragraph. Surviving members should be limited to immediate family members and their spouses as well as the number of grandchildren.
a. Example: Survivors include: his wife, Jill of Scottsbluff; two sons, Rick (Karen) of Scottsbluff, Curt (Kathleen) of Kansas City; one daughter, Amy (Travis) of Scottsbluff; one brother, James (Beverly) of Scribner; and 6 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Sam.
IV. The final paragraph will be completed by the funeral home. This is where the visitation and service information is to be listed as well as anything pertaining to a memorial that has been established.