Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Advertisement
2016 Necrology
What is a necrology? A necrology is a listing of people who have died during a specific time period. Find A Grave necrologies let you browse the names and faces of the 75 most famous people who have died during a selected year, all the way back to 1900. They are listed in order of their Find A Grave 'fame ranking', as voted by Find A Grave contributors. To view a necrology, simply select a year from the pop up list below. You can optionally select a category to restrict the list even further (just actors, just politicians, etc.). To visit the memorial page for any of the names listed on a necrology, click on their name or photo.
Select a year:
Select a category:
[Thumbnail Grid On/Off]
Arnold Palmer (1929 - 2016)
American Golfer. Arnold Palmer was a professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King", he was one of golf's most popular stars and its ...
 
Gene Wilder (1933 - 2016)
American Actor, Screenwriter, Director and Author. Born Jerome Silberman, he was one of America’s foremost comic actors known by all generations for his performances in such classics as 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971), 'Young Frankenstein' (1974) and 'Stir Crazy' (1980). He studied t...
 
Prince (1958 - 2016)
American Singer, Songwriter and Actor. Known professionally as 'Prince', whose music combined elements of rock, rhythm and blues, soul and funk, among other genres, sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Gold...
 
Muhammad Ali (1942 - 2016)
American Professional Boxer. He is generally considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, his birth name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His father was Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a billboard and sign painter. His mother, was Odessa O'Gr...
 
David Bowie (1947 - 2016)
Rock Musician, Actor. He was an vastly influential singer-songwriter and producer who recorded in the genres of glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic career. Born David Robert Jones, he played saxophone and after stints in several bands, he signed ...
 
Merle Haggard (1937 - 2016)
Country and Western Singer, Songwriter. One of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th Century, he had more than three dozen number one country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. Poverty marred his childhood and he began a career o...
 
Glenn Frey (1948 - 2016)
Rock Musician, Actor. He was a founding member of the rock music band "The Eagles", who over the course of their career sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and won six Grammy Awards. In the mid 1960s, he joined his first band, The Mushrooms. The Detroit band's first single "Such a Lovely Chi...
 
Nancy Reagan (1921 - 2016)
Presidential First Lady. She was the wife of 40th United States President Ronald Wilson Reagan, and served as Presidential First Lady during his two terms in office from 1981 to 1989. Born Anne Frances Robbins in New York City, New York in 1921, when she was 6 years old, her mother married Dr. Loyal...
 
Patty Duke (1946 - 2016)
American Actress. Born Anna Marie Duke, she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1962 at age 16 for playing Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' and starred as two cousins in 'The Patty Duke Show.' In the late 1950s, she landed a role on the soap opera 'The Brighter Day' and also...
 
Alan Rickman (1946 - 2016)
Actor. Versatile and gifted, he is known for playing the villain 'Hans Gruber' in the film "Die Hard" (1988) and as 'Professor Severus Snape' in the 'Harry Potter' film series. Born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, his father was a factory worker, he studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and ...
 
George Kennedy (1925 - 2016)
Actor. Best known for his strong supporting roles, often cast as heavies or sympathetic types, he received an Academy Award for "Cool Hand Luke" (1967). He began his career in entertainment during his early youth and acquired experience on radio prior to enlisting with the United States Army during ...
 
Garry Marshall (1934 - 2016)
American Producer, Director, Writer and Actor. Marshall was responsible for creating such iconic television sitcoms such as 'Happy Days', 'Laverne and Shirley', 'The Odd Couple' and 'Mork and Mindy'. Born Garry Kent Maschiarelli, he graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalis...
 
Harper Lee (1926 - 2016)
Author, Pulitzer Prize Recipient. She is best remembered for her classic best-selling American novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960) that won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1961. Born Nelle Harper Lee, she was the youngest of four children whose father was a newspaper editor who also practiced ...
 
Abe Vigoda (1921 - 2016)
Actor. He was a prolific performer who made memorable appearances on television and film over a career that spanned eight decades. Born Abraham Charles Vigoda, he began acting in his teens and made his first television appearance in 1949 on 'Studio One'. He would go on to have roles in dozens of TV ...
 
Hugh O'Brian (1925 - 2016)
Actor. Born Hugh Charles Krampe, he was well known for his starring roles on the ABC television series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" from 1955 to 1961. He was also well known for his role on the NBC television series "Search" from 1972 to 1973. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps ...
 
Doris Roberts (1925 - 2016)
Actress. Often cast in roles of motherly figures, notably of Italian origin, she will be fondly remembered for playing 'Marie Barone' in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996 to 2005). Born Doris May Green, to a Russian-Jewish mother, Doris caught the acting bug at an early age and first per...
 
Gordie Howe (1928 - 2016)
Professional Ice Hockey Player. Canadian hockey legend who played from 1946-1980. Affectionately known as Mr. Hockey, he played for both the Harford Whalers and most notably for the Detroit Red Wings. A 23 time All-Star he was considered one of the games bests with most of his records standing until...
 
Joe Garagiola (1926 - 2016)
Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster, Television Personality, Major League Baseball Player. After a nine season career (at the catcher position) as a Major League Baseball Player (1946 to 1954), he began a lengthy period as a baseball broadcaster and earned the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall ...
 
Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016)
Writer, Professor, Political Activist, Holocaust Survivor, and Nobel Laureate. He authored 57 books, mostly written in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald. Wiesel was also the Andrew Mellon P...
 
Pat Summitt (1952 - 2016)
American Basketball Coach. Born Patricia Sue Head, from 1974 to 2012, she coached the University of Tennessee women's Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was the first NCAA coach, and one...
 
Antonin Scalia (1936 - 2016)
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1986 until his death. His father immigrated from Sicily, his mother was a first generation Italian-American, young Antonin was influenced by his father's conservative views which ...
 
Noel Neill (1920 - 2016)
Actress. Best remembered for playing 'Lois Lane' in both the film and TV adaptations of the "Superman" franchise. Born Noel Darleen Neill, the daughter of a newspaperman, her father was the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, he had hopes of Noel following in his footsteps and become a reporter....
 
William Schallert (1922 - 2016)
American Actor and Activist. Schallert was a prolific character actor with nearly 400 acting credits spanning eight decades. He made his film debut in an uncredited role in 'The Foxes of Harrow' (1947) and subsequently appeared in small roles in 'Mighty Joe Young' (1949), 'The Red Badge of Courage' ...
 
Maurice White (1941 - 2016)
Musician. Founding member of the Rhythm and Blues and Funk band "Earth, Wind and Fire". After studying at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, he gained experienced as a session drummer with Chess Records. He performed with jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, prior to forming his own group the "Salty Peppers"...
 
Shimon Peres (1923 - 2016)
Israeli Politician. Shimon Peres was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November ...
 
Alan Young (1919 - 2016)
Actor. Born Angus Young, he was a versatile actor whose most famous role was of Wilbur Post in the television show "Mister Ed" from 1961 to 1966. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He began his career in entertainment soon after. He started in radio in Canada and t...
 
Dan Haggerty (1941 - 2016)
American Actor. Haggerty will best be remembered for his role as James 'Grizzly' Adams on film and television. Born Gene Jajonski, the former animal trainer and stunt coordinator first appeared in the 1964 film 'Muscle Beach Party'. The gruff-looking actor would go on to have roles in several biker ...
 
Morley Safer (1931 - 2016)
Television Journalist. Canadian and American reporter and correspondent for CBS News. He was best known for his long tenure on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the cast of which he joined in December 1970, during the third season of the series. He began his journalism career as a reporter for various ne...
 
Jean Shepard (1933 - 2016)
Country Music Singer. Born Ollie Imogene Shepard, she had many hits on the country music charts during her long career. She grew up singing in the church, and was drawn to the music of Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. As a teenager, she played bass in the Melody Ranch Girls, an a...
 
Keith Emerson (1944 - 2016)
Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of the music trio "Emerson, Lake and Palmer". They were best known for the songs "Lucky Man" (1970), "From the Beginning" (1972) and "Karn Evil 9" (1973). Emerson established himself as one of the most influential players of the synthesizer in t...
 
Sonny James (1928 - 2016)
Country Music Singer, Songwriter. Born Jimmie Hugh Loden and dubbed "the Southern Gentleman", he was a popular singer and songwriter and was best known for his 1957 hit "Young Love". He started in music at an early age due to the fact he came from a musical family that performed all over the so...
 
Edgar Mitchell (1930 - 2016)
US Astronaut. He held the distinction as being the sixth person to walk on the moon. After attaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Institute of Technology, he received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduat...
 
Ann Guilbert (1928 - 2016)
Actress. Versatile actress best known for her role of Millie Helper on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show". She is also remembered for playing the part of Fran Fine's grandmother Yetta Rosenberg on the 1990s sitcom "The Nanny". She studied theater arts at Stanford University and made her firs...
 
David Huddleston (1930 - 2016)
Actor. A burly-looking character performer, he played a wide range of roles during a fifty-year career. Born David William Huddleston, he attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, prior to his service with the United States Air Force. After realizing he wished to pursue a career as an entert...
 
Garry Shandling (1949 - 2016)
American Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Director. The versatile actor and comedian will best be remembered for his work in 'It's Garry Shandling's Show' and 'The Larry Sanders Show'. In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career writing for sitcoms such as 'Sanford and Son...
 
Gloria DeHaven (1925 - 2016)
Actress. Born Gloria Mildred DeHaven, she was the perky star of MGM musicals in the 1940s and a stalwart of show business for more than six decades. She made her screen debut in the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film "Modern Times" and later signed with MGM film studios. While with MGM, she appeared in a nu...
 
Ralph Stanley (1927 - 2016)
Musician and Songwriter. Ralph Edmond Stanley was born, reared, and lived in rural Southwest Virginia in McClure at a place called Big Spraddle in Dickenson County. He is considered, by many, to be a legend of bluegrass music. He was inducted into both the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor...
 
Scotty Moore (1931 - 2016)
American Musician. Moore was a pioneering rock n’ roll guitarist whose playing propelled Elvis Presley’s first recordings for Sun Records. Born Winfield Scott Moore III, he began playing guitar at 8. He enlisted in the Navy and served in Korea from 1948-52. Moore founded the Starlite Wranglers short...
 
John McLaughlin (1927 - 2016)
Television Personality. Host of the provocative political commentary show "The McLaughlin Group" on PBS from 1982 to his passing. At the age of 18, he entered Weston College in Weston, Massachusetts, which later became the theological seminary of Boston College, to prepare for the priesthood. He ...
 
Kenny Baker (1934 - 2016)
Actor. He was the actor inside the robot R2-D2 in the popular Star Wars film series. He originally wanted to be an engraver like his father, but had not received suffcient education. He got his start in the entertainment business when in 1951 he was approached by a lady to join a troupe of dwarv...
 
Robert Horton (1924 - 2016)
Actor, Singer. A rugged leading man, he will be remembered for playing 'Flint McCullough' in the TV series "Wagon Train" (1957 to 1962) and the title character in the series "A Man Called Shenandoah" (1965 to 1966). Born Meade Howard Horton, Jr., he excelled academically while attending the Universi...
 
George Martin (1926 - 2016)
Legendary Music Producer. He was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. Martin had 30 number-one hit singles in the Un...
 
Charmian Carr (1942 - 2016)
Actress. She shall be remembered for playing 'Liesl Von Trapp', the eldest daughter in the classic motion picture "The Sound of Music" (1965). Born Charmian Anne Farnon, her mother Rita Oehmen was an accomplished Vaudeville performer, her father Brian Farnon was a bandleader, she moved with her fami...
 
Nate Thurmond (1941 - 2016)
Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player. For fourteen seasons (1963 to 1977), he played at the center and power-forward positions in the National Basketball Association with the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was named to the NBA's 50th All Time Gr...
 
George Gaynes (1917 - 2016)
Actor. Often cast in musicals or comedies, he enjoyed a more than 60-year career, on stage, in films and television. He is remembered for playing 'Henry Warnimont' in the TV series "Punky Brewster" (1984 to 1988), 'John Van Horn' in the movie "Tootsie" (1982) and 'Commandant Lassard' in the "Police ...
 
Pat Harrington (1929 - 2016)
Actor. He will be fondly remembered for playing 'Dwayne F. Schneider' in the TV series "One Day at a Time" (1975 to 1984). Born Daniel Patrick Harrington, Jr., the son of Vaudeville and Broadway entertainer Pat Harrington, Sr., he received a Masters degree in Political Philosophy from Fordham Univer...
 
Paul Kantner (1941 - 2016)
Rock Musician. A guitarist, he was a founding member of the rock band "The Jefferson Airplane". His mother died when he was eight years old, he was sent to live in a Jesuit military boarding school, when his traveling salesman father could not care for him. After attending the University of Santa Cl...
 
Joey Feek (1975 - 2016)
Country Music Singer. Born Joey Marie Martin, she and her husband, Rory Feek, made up the country music duo, Joey + Rory. Born in Anderson, Indiana, Joey moved to Nashville in the late 1990s. It was there that she met Rory, who she married in 2002. Joey started out with a solo career, coming out wit...
 
Ronnie Edwards (1933 - 2016)
Actress. Fondly remembered for playing 'Corabeth Godsey', wife of 'Ike' the storekeeper, in the TV series "The Waltons" (1975 to 1981). Born to parents of Scottish-English and German descent, her father was a trial attorney, her mother penned stories for True Confessions Magazine. Her fascination wi...
 
Greta Friedman (1924 - 2016)
Popular Culture Icon, World War II Figure. Born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, where as the influence of Nazism grew, her parent, secured passports and papers for their three daughters to travel to the U.S., with plans to follow if they could. Greta, who was then 15 years old, was to care for her youn...
 
Jose Fernandez (1992 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For four seasons (2013 until his death), he was a pitcher with the Miami Marlins. Raised in Florida, he attended Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, prior to being selected as the 14 pick during the 1st round of the 2011 Amateur Draft. He marked his Major League debut ...
 
Buddy Ryan (1931 - 2016)
Professional Football Coach. Fiery, candid and sometimes controversial, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history. He was the architect behind devising the "46 Defense", which played a major role in the Chicago Bears' capturing of Super Bowl XX in 1986. He w...
 
Glenn Yarbrough (1930 - 2016)
Musician. Lead singer of the music ensemble "The Limeliters", he began a solo career during the 1960s and will perhaps be remembered for scoring a Top-20 hit with "Baby, the Rain Must Fall" (1965). Raised in New York City, his interest in music began at an early age, as he participated in singing a...
 
Anne Jackson (1925 - 2016)
Actress. Born Anna June Jackson to parents of European descent, her mother was of an Irish-Catholic background, Anne was raised in an apartment in Brooklyn. After choosing to pursue a career as a performer, she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. During this period, she met actor...
 
Earl Hamner (1923 - 2016)
Screenwriter, Producer. He was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running CBS series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, which was inspired by hi...
 
Mother Angelica (1923 - 2016)
Roman Catholic Nun. The future Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, on April 20, 1923, in Canton, Ohio, in a community of Italian immigrant mill workers, in southeast Canton. Of Italian American background, she is the only child of John and Mae Helen Rizzo (née Gianfrancesco). She is name...
 
Lewie Steinberg (1933 - 2016)
Musician. A bassist, he was a founding member of the ensemble "Booker T. & the MG's" and was a featured artist on their gold single "Green Onions" (1962). Along with Booker T. Jones and Steven Cropper, Steinberg was a sessions musician at Stax Records, when the band came to fruition during the early...
 
Peter Brown (1935 - 2016)
American Actor. Born Pierre Lind de Lappe, he will best be remembered for his role as young Deputy Johnny McKay in the western television series 'Lawman' from 1958 through 1962. While serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska, he began writing, directing and acting in plays to entertain the other troops. A...
 
Irving Benson (1914 - 2016)
Comic. One of the last survivors of Vaudeville, he shall be best remembered for his association with the legendary Milton Berle. Raised in Brooklyn, he took to show business early, started dancing in revues while still a young boy, and spent a number of years on the American Burlesque circuit. Durin...
 
Janet Waldo (1920 - 2016)
American Film, Television and Voice Actress. Waldo began acting in 1938 with small roles in western features at RKO and Paramount Studios. In the early 1940s, her distinctive voice got her a radio contract and she appeared regularly on such series as 'One Man’s Family', 'The Gallant Heart', 'The Adv...
 
Gogi Grant (1924 - 2016)
Singer. Born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, she was a popular singer who was best known for her number one hit "The Wayward Wind" in 1956. While in high school, she won a teenage singing contest and appeared on several television talent shows. In the early 1950s, she worked as an automobile salesman befor...
 
Pete Fountain (1930 - 2016)
Clarinetist. Born Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr., he was a clarinetist whose performances for Presidents and a Pope made him an international ambassador for the music and culture of his hometown of New Orleans. He started in music as a young boy, learning to play the clarinet after his doctor told ...
 
Steven Hill (1922 - 2016)
Actor. Born Solomon Krakovsky, he was best known for playing the district attorney Adam Schiff on the NBC drama series "Law and Order" from 1990 to 2000. His other well known role was of Dan Briggs, the original team leader on the CBS series "Mission: Impossible" from 1966 to 1967. He served four y...
 
Frank Sinatra (1944 - 2016)
American Singer, Songwriter, Conductor, and Actor. Born Francis Wayne Sinatra to Frank Sinatra and his first wife Nancy Barbato. Sinatra’s career started early and by his teens he was already performing in local clubs and venues. In December, 1963 Sinatra was kidnapped from Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. H...
 
Bill Nunn (1953 - 2016)
Actor. Born William G. Nunn III, he was best known for his roles as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's film "Do The Right Thing" and Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy. He graduated in 1976 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He made his acting debut in the 1981 film "Shar...
 
John Vessey (1922 - 2016)
US Army General. A four-star general, he served as the tenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the Administration of President Ronald W. Reagan from June 18, 1982 until September 30, 1985. While still in high school, at the age of sixteen, he enlisted with the Minnesota National Guard an...
 
Paul Comi (1932 - 2016)
Actor. Born Paul Domingo Comi, he served with the United States Army during the Korean War and received three Purple Hearts during his experience. Following his return home, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied Drama and later made his motion picture debut with a mi...
 
Jack Riley (1935 - 2016)
Actor. Born John A. Riley Jr., he was best known for playing the neurotic patient Elliot Carlin on the 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show. After attending Saint Ignatius High School and John Carroll University, he served in the United States Army. Upon being discharged, he became a popular radio...
 
Tommy Kelly (1925 - 2016)
Actor. A juvenile performer, he will be best remembered for playing the title role in the film adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938). Born into an Irish-Catholic family, his father was a fireman. Kelly was chosen by legendary producer David O. Selnick from over 25,000 boys who applied ...
 
Marni Nixon (1930 - 2016)
Singer. A soprano who had a significant stage, screen, and recording career of her own, she shall be far better remembered as the "Ghostess with the Mostest", the dubbed voice of numerous starlets in Hollywood musicals. Born Margaret Nixon McEathron, she manifested her talent early, began violin stu...
 
Dick McAuliffe (1939 - 2016)
Major League Baseball Player. For sixteen seasons (1960 to 1975), he played at the second base, shortstop and third base positions with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. Born Richard John McAuliffe, he attended Farmington High School in Connecticut, where he made his initial impression on the b...
 
Joseph Crow (1913 - 2016)
Native American Historian, Author, Veteran, Elder. The last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe, he was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, Chief Joseph was raised by his Grandfather, Yellowtail to be a warrior which he did during W...
 
Phyllis Schlafly (1924 - 2016)
American Constitutional Lawyer, Conservative Activist, Author. She was known for her staunch social and political views, her opposition to modern feminism, and her successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her 1964 book A Choice, Not an Echo...
 
Mary Ann King (1934 - 2016)
American Television Personality. King was host of 'Romper Room', a nationally-syndicated children’s TV show from 1966 to 1976. Following in her father's footsteps, she took a job as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Oklahoma City before appearing in local TV commercials. In the early 1960s, sh...
 
Edward Albee (1928 - 2016)
Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright. A prolific writer, he will be remembered for his penning of the play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1962), which earned him a Tony Award. The motion picture adaptation (1966) which starred Elizabeth Taylor (who won an Academy Award) and Richard Burton received ...
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED