Guidelines for submitting an obituary to The Elkhart Truth:

The Elkhart Truth's deadline each day is 3 p.m. for the following day's publication. Our office is not open Saturday or Sunday for hard-copy drop-offs. Those wishing to submit an obituary are encouraged to send it via email to and to call and verify its receipt at (574) 296-5887.


  • Name and phone number of mortuary/cremation service/funeral home/scientific research organization that can verify death. (We must be able to make this verification, or we will not run the obituary.)
  • Contact information for person submitting the obituary and/or providing payment for obituary, if applicable.
  • Name, date of birth, date of death of the deceased and the deceased's connection to the Elkhart County or southern Michigan area (former resident, formerly worked here or has a named survivor of this area).
  • Payment, if applicable.

Pricing information

  1. A free obituary is roughly six inches of one newspaper column, which translates to 1,064 characters (including spaces). Any text running longer than 1,064 characters with spaces incurs a charge. For a quote, or to get pricing information on multiple publication dates, contact The Elkhart Truth Obituaries. Any obituary requested to run as free, but is longer than the eligible space, will be edited for length according to The Elkhart Truth's discretion.
  2. An additional $10 typing fee applies to obituaries submitted in any form other than a composed obituary sent via email, on top of any charge due to length.
  3. There is an additional $15 charge to list a website (including for online condolences), on top of any charge incurred by the length.
  4. If the submitted obituary contains an error not made by The Elkhart Truth, it may be rerun with the corrected information once only for a fee of $25. The error must be a significant, factual error, not additional information.
  5. One photograph can be run with the obituary for free. A second photograph incurs a $25 charge.

* The Elkhart Truth reserves the right to edit for grammar, spelling, AP Style and The Elkhart Truth's own style and to decline to publish any photograph of poor quality.
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