Search The Obituary Database

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The obituary database contains obituaries and death notices from the St. Joseph News-Press and the St. Joseph Gazette.  Currently, the database contains 43 years of indexing for the years 1953 through 2011.  The following years are in the process of being added to the database: 1950-52, 1954, 1956, 1958-60, 1963, 1966-1971, 1973-74, 1987-88.  There is a paper index in the Reference Department for the missing database years.  Please scroll down to learn how you can obtain copies of obituaries found in this database or other years if you have a date of death.


When you provide the names of the deceased and the dates the obituaries/death notices appeared in the St. Joseph Gazette and/or St. Joseph News-Press, our fees for locating them on the microfilm, printing the obituaries or death notices, and mailing/emailing them to you are as follows:

Individual Names Cost
1 to 4 $10
5 to 8 $20
9 to 12 $30
13 to 16 $40

A check or money order for the amount, made payable to the St. Joseph Public Library and mailed to 927 Felix Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501, will need to include your mailing address.  You can also pay via PayPal by clicking on the “donate” link above and paying the correct amount.  Contact the Reference Department at 816-232-8151, or text us at 816- 249-1377, if you need more information or have questions on how to obtain obituaries.