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Obituary Policy

Obituaries can publish Monday-Friday or Sunday.

The deadline for obituary submission for Monday-Friday is 10 a.m. the day of publication (i.e. if you would like it published on Monday, the obituary must be submitted by 10 a.m. Monday).

Submission deadline for Sunday publication is the Saturday before at 3 p.m.

Please contact The Ponca City News for holiday deadlines.

Obituaries can be brought into the office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or they can be emailed to obits@poncacitynews.com.

Obituaries are generally submitted through the funeral home or crematorium. If the funeral home or crematorium does not provide an obit service, the family can submit the obituary directly to The Ponca City News.

If the family chooses to submit the obituary directly to The Ponca City News they must provide the following information:

  • A valid phone number for the family.
  • The funeral home or crematorium name and phone number (it is a policy that we verify the death before we can publish). If a funeral home or crematorium name is not available, we must be able to view the death certificate.
  • Payment before publication (if payment applicable).

For funeral homes, please include your billing address with an obituary submission. We will bill the funeral home for any charges applicable (please see charges below).

There are three price tiers for obituaries:

  • Our free version offers limited personal history and a limitation on names of survivors that can be mentioned in the obituary (we list only the names of immediate family members, i.e. you can list brothers, sisters, sons and daughters but not their spouses or the names of grandchildren.) A full obituary can be submitted and we will edit to fit the free version.
  • The $30 version has no stipulation on content or word count (within reason). (We do reserve the right to make changes to correct grammar, spelling and content so that it will coincide with AP Standard for publication for newspapers.)
  • The $50 version has no stipulation on content or word count (within reason) and includes ONE picture. (We do reserve the right to make changes to correct grammar, spelling and content so that it will coincide with AP Standard for publication for newspapers.)
  • The $70 version has no stipulation on content or word count (within reason) and includes TWO pictures. (We do reserve the right to make changes to correct grammar, spelling and content so that it will coincide with AP Standard for publication for newspapers.)

For those who need help writing an obit our staff can provide guidelines and we have a form available that may assist in obituary writing.

For further questions or help writing an obit contact The Ponca City News at 580-765-3311. Kay Bojorquez is the usual contact for obituaries at ext. 138 and Becky Gauger is the backup contact at ext. 135.

Use The On-Line Obituary Form

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