Funeral wishes are a labor of love to give guidance and direction to loved ones when they need it the most by relieving them of the emotional burden of decision making and allowing them to support your wishes regarding your final plans.
Write down all details of your funeral plans, including notifications/invitations list; draft of obituary; funeral program draft; and service outline. Keep these directions in a safe place where your family can easily access them upon your death.
The following is a personal example of obituary information:
Celebration of Life Service
“This is a Happy Day for me.
All the aches, pains, and concerns in life are gone.
I am with God for eternity,
Robert W. Chism.”
“Official Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
“O’ Happy Days”
“My Sweet Lord”
"Stop This Train"
“O’ Happy Days”
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom comes, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
About Robert W. Chism
“Disciplined, Patriotic, Prudent, and Generous,” —Wes Wick
Guiding Bible Verses
The Ten Commandments Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV)
Trust in God Commandment Psalms 118.8 (NKJV)
The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-7 (NIV)
The Building of His Church Matthew 16:18 (NIV)
The Great Commandment Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
The Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
The Sermon on the Plain Luke 6:17-49 (NIV)
The Longevity Response-Ability John 3:16 (NIV)
The Stewardship Commandment Colossians 3:23–24 (NIV)
Rejoice & Give Thanks 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Help us Submit to what gives You satisfaction
Help us Inspire a life of integrity, purpose, and significance
Help us Identify our unique gifts and strengths for You
Help us Reach out to those who are spiritually lost
Help us Pray with faith and pure motives
Help us Volunteer our time and talents
Help us Study and practice the Bible
Help us Lead with a servant’s heart
Help us Maintain a humble attitude
Help us Guard against worldliness
Help us Love others as ourselves
Help us Complain about nothing
Help us Match faith with deeds
Help us Care for those in need
Help us Make Your will our will
Help us Persevere under trial
Help us Connect with others
Help us Control our tongue
Help us Draw close to You
Help us affirm each other
In the name of the Trinity,
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 (KJV)
I was born September 26, 1942, in Kenton, Ohio, to Donald and Hildred (Ansley) Chism.
My Elementary School years were in West Mansfield, Ohio.
Both my parents were active in the Church of Christ. At seven, their example guided me, and I became a Christian.
My parents moved the Bowling Green, Ohio, for my brother to go to BGSU.
My mom ran the Milliken Hotel. My dad was a sales tax collector for the State of Ohio. Both were active in Wayne Church of Christ in Ohio. At Wayne, I engaged in a Sunday night youth group. I also preached a couple of Easter Sun Rise Services.
My Junior and Senior High School years were in Bowling Green, Ohio. I lettered in Basketball, Track, & Football. I went to Buckeye Boy’s State-sponsored by Kiwanis’; I graduated with honors in 1960.
Under Graduate Education
I carried Karen June Bartel of Euclid, Ohio, into Founders Hall on her first day at Bowling Green State University. We dated our Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. On June 1, 1963, I married Karen in Prout Chapel on the BGSU campus, and we became “Falcon Flames in the process. We graduated from BGSU in 1964.
Student Body Government (Representative, Treasurer, and President)
Omicron Delta Kappa (National Men’s Leadership Society)
Beta Gama Sigma (National Business Honor Society)
Book & Motor (BGSU Scholarship Honor Society)
Beta Alpha Psi (National Accounting Professional Society)
Alpha Tau Omega (Social Fraternity)
BGSU Awards, Honors, & Scholarships
SICSIC (Anonymous spirit organization)
President’s Most Outstanding Senior Man Award
Graduated Magna Cum Laude (with Great Honor)
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
Financial Executives Award
Phi Beta Sigma Outstanding Sophomore Award
Omicron Delta Kappa Scholarship
Sidney Forman Scholarship
Certified Public Account’s Outstanding Junior Scholarship
Karen and I remembered BGSU with an Endowment Scholarship.
Karen and I were blessed by three children, seven grandchildren, three sons-in-law, and many animals.
I had a finance, sales, marketing, and strategic planning career with Price Waterhouse & Cooper Cleveland, Ohio, Com Corp, Inc. Valley View, Ohio; Jepcor, International, Inc. Wilmette, Illinois,, and Kenall Lighting, Gurnee, Illinois.
My listings include being in Standard & Poor’s Register of Corporations, Directors, & Executives; Who’s Who, US; Finance & Industry, Midwest, Sales & Marketing, and International.
I received a Master of Management from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Illinois, in 1983.
In the second half of my life, I obtained a Certification in Aging Ministry from The Center of Christian Leadership School of Theology, Anderson University in Indiana; Certification of Gerontology from McHenry County College in Illinois and Second Half Ministry Reading Certification from New Beginnings in Illinois and an Honorary Doctor in Christian Leadership from the Los Angeles Development Church & Institute (California).
Much of my time was invested in founding the New Beginnings website and an Academy, writing sixteen books and blog articles on elderhood protirement.
My prayer was that God would grant me the opportunity to assist those in the second half of life to know His plan for them:
Salvation: the daily living characteristics of Jesus Christ: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as found in Galatians,” 5:22-23.
Stewardship is a 100% concept:
Lifetime: God owns all things; we are His stewards. We must use our assets to their fullest potential during our lifetime for self, family, business, and charitable interests.
Eternal: And at death, we must have arranged to transfer our assets most efficiently and effectively to individuals or charitable interests who will continue to use them to reflect our Christian lifestyle.
Legacy Living: Anything handed down from one generation to the next. It can be heredity (green eyes), inheritance (dollars and cents), or heritage (spiritual). A spiritual legacy is the most important from my perspective:
Make time for family
Know actions teach louder than words.
It is never too soon to begin teaching salvation and stewardship.
Be happy and laugh a lot.
Wellness: If you wish to be content for the rest of your life, let Jesus’s thoughts become your thoughts and bend your will to His will.
Works: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Before Service Music
"Official Somewhere Over Rainbow" Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole
"O' Happy Days" Susan Boyle
"My Sweet Lord" Billy Preston
During Service Music
"Stop This Train" John Mayer
After Service Music
"The Lord's Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir