In my experience, across several states and many counties, newspapers no longer keep files of past editions; what I generally do is use one of the nation-wide "yellow pages" web sites to look up the library in the town I'm interested in, then write to them with a SASE and a small donation - $10 if I just got paid or I'm asking for more than one person, $5 if the budget is tight and I'm only asking for one person.
Since your request means a staff person or volunteer is going to have to scroll through at least a month's worth of microfilm, they really need the exact death date. About one library out of 1,000 will have an index to the local paper. The rest of the time someone has to load the month in question into the reader and plow forward until he/she finds your obit, reaches the end of the roll or gets too sea-sick to continue.
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