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Searching online for obituaries can be tricky because of how names may appear or it can be hard to pinpoint just an obituary.
Indexes to Obituaries
Thomas Cooper Library's Reference Department has indexes to obituaries from some newspapers including the New York Times (1858-1968 and 1969-1978), Times [London], and for a few professions.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Currently can search and view newspapers from Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.