Obituaries

Katherine Johnson
B: 1938-06-07
D: 2018-04-16
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Johnson, Katherine
Carter Kissel
B: 1953-09-29
D: 2018-04-13
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Kissel, Carter
Cooper Dishmon
B: 1964-10-29
D: 2018-04-13
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Dishmon, Cooper
Starla Phillips
B: 1964-09-24
D: 2018-04-11
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Phillips, Starla
Ava Daniels
B: 2007-11-28
D: 2018-04-09
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Daniels, Ava
Jose Maldonado
B: 1937-11-07
D: 2018-04-07
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Maldonado, Jose
Robert Steele
B: 1940-08-11
D: 2018-04-05
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Steele, Robert
Louis Stahl
B: 1950-12-17
D: 2018-03-31
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Stahl, Louis
Anne Wilson
B: 1917-11-11
D: 2018-03-30
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Wilson, Anne
Beverly Norgord
B: 1934-02-20
D: 2018-03-25
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Norgord, Beverly
Paul Brown
B: 1932-12-18
D: 2018-03-18
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Brown, Paul
James Tollett
B: 1943-10-12
D: 2018-03-18
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Tollett, James
Berna Pyatt
B: 1955-09-09
D: 2018-03-18
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Pyatt, Berna
James Trevett
B: 1932-09-11
D: 2018-03-16
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Trevett, James
Lynn Ivie
B: 1949-10-05
D: 2018-03-14
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Ivie, Lynn
Ronnie McDonald
B: 1946-04-22
D: 2018-03-10
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McDonald, Ronnie
Robert Foster
B: 1957-02-28
D: 2018-03-10
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Foster, Robert
Anna Wilson
B: 1920-12-25
D: 2018-03-09
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Wilson, Anna
Naomi Lathrop
B: 1922-11-22
D: 2018-03-08
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Lathrop, Naomi
Richard Worth
B: 1933-02-28
D: 2018-03-08
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Worth, Richard
James Walsh
B: 1960-07-08
D: 2018-03-04
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Walsh, James

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Newspaper Guidelines

There are many ways to say farewell from formal funeral services to private home-setting celebrations. They all form a part of the way we say goodbye. Obituaries or death notices, however, are a public way we share our final farewell celebration. It is part of the way we say goodbye - the public posting of final words. Some obituaries indicate much thought and much reflection on the life that was lived.

A death notice is a minimal amount or notice. An obituary is usually a more detailed account of a person's life and is often prepared for the newspaper from a form that the family fills out. Obituaries are a written form of collective remembrances. They remind us of others as well as ourselves - parents or grandparents of friends, the young suddenly departing, the loss of "valiant struggles" against diseases not yet conquered.

When community members leave, whether we know them personally or not, we mark their time with us by publicly commemorating their passing. The final words are one way we say goodbye and the way we will remember. These final words are often the way survivors pay tribute, perhaps make amends, and express hope for immortality.

Daily Courier Obituary Guidelines

In an effort to make the obituary process flow more smoothly, we are updating our obituary policies and including information to be used by your employees and shown to your clients.

  • The Daily Courier publishes free obituaries for current or former residents in our circulation area. The free obituaries do not include a photo and must follow news style and policies.
  • Those who wish to include additional information may call the Daily Courier advertising department at (541) 474-3829 to purchase a paid obituary.
  • The deadline for obituaries is 3 p.m. for next day publication, but sending them earlier is very helpful. We cannot guarantee a specific day of publication. If space is limited, obituaries with pending services are published before those with no services.
  • The Daily Courier obituaries are factual stories of the deceased’s life. We do not eulogize (example: “he was loved by everyone”). Sample obituaries are included on the back.
  • Stating cause of death is encouraged, but optional.
  • If memorial contributions may be made, please include an address where the donations may be sent. If an address cannot be found, the Internet can be helpful or donations may be sent in care of the funeral home.
  • Date of birth and city must be included in obituaries. Age for death notices.
  • If the deceased is a former resident of our area, please include what city and approximate time frame when they lived here.
  • Date and location of marriage(s) is optional.
  • We will include club memberships, religious affiliations, hobbies, interests and volunteer work.
  • In the “survivors” section, we will include names and cities of residence for spouse, former spouse, companion, children, parents, grandparents and siblings. We only list the number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. *Exception: If there are no survivors who fit the requirements above, then we will include a name and city of residence of those closest to the deceased: caregiver, grandchild, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew or friend.
  • Preceded in death: We will include the names and dates of death for spouse, former spouse, companion and children. We will also list siblings who died before them, but not the dates of death.
  • We would appreciate having the obituaries typed, and preferably, already written out similar to our obituary samples, as sometimes “fill-in-the-blank” information can be difficult to decipher. This cuts down on phone calls and lost time tracking down information.
  • Always include a phone number (letterhead is fine); contact person is optional.
  • Please make sure your clients are clear on the fact we reserve the right to edit and conform obituaries to fit our policies. We will not contact your clients regarding changes we might make and we do not offer “proofs” before publication for free obituaries.