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Placing an Obituary

How to place an obituary in The Times

Most obituaries are provided through funeral homes that are familiar with our policies.

Individuals or funeral homes unfamiliar with our policies may contact The Times at 815-431-4090 or email to

Our policy:

"Remembering a Lifetime" is a feature in The Times that allows families to pay tribute to lost ones by sharing memories and accomplishments and photos. 

Individuals also may submit obituaries. Please note that we verify all deaths before publication. Obits are published in The Times and posted to our website at

Below are the details on how to submit. Please note that we invite families to attach more than one photo.

To submit information:

  • PREFERRED: Via email to
  • Fax to 815-433-1639
  • Mail or deliver to The Times, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350
  • Call 815-431-4090 with questions.
  • Please type clearly and proof submissions for spelling or factual errors.

Publication deadlines:

  • 2 p.m. (Private Party) / 3 p.m. (Funeral Home / Acct.) the day before for Tuesday through Saturday editions for paid obits; 3 p.m. for free notices. (For example: 2/3 p.m. Monday for Tuesday edition)
  • 3 p.m. Sunday for Monday publication for all obits (paid and free obits).

Obituary formats:

FREE DEATH NOTICE — A death notice is limited to the name, age, town, date of death and funeral services at no charge. We do not include in these notices details such as the priest or military honors. They are strictly limited to service time, date, place and visitation time, day, place and cemetery.

FULL OBITUARY — The charge to publish obits is $13 per column inch but we offer up to 10 inches for the basic fee of $100. Obituaries longer than 10 inches will be charged $13 per inch (or partial inch) for the entire obituary. There is no charge to process photos. They are included in the column inch measure.

How to submit photos
Photo displays have become an important part of many funeral services. Photos also can add important memories to obituary tributes.
Digital/electronic or printed photos are accepted. A bright, clear head and shoulders photo should be used. Quality of reproduction will depend largely on the quality that is provided. Please write the name of the deceased on the back of the photo if hand-delivering to The Times.
The "Remembering a Lifetime" feature in The Times allows families to include more — and larger — photos, if they so choose. 
There is no charge to process additional photos, but adding photos increases the cost based on space used. 

Choosing a photo size

  • The traditional, smaller size, is approximately half-column. This adds about 1 inch per photo to the obit length.
  • The larger, one-column size. This adds about 2 inches per photo.
  • While these sizes are the norm, we will consider special requests from families.
  • Local funeral homes should have samples to show you how using more photos would look in print.