I took a look at Paul Kurtz's obituary in the L.A. Times.
In these kinds of obituaries, reporters talk to a lot of different people that knew the dead person or was impact by his or her accomplishments. For this particular individual, the obituary was very biographical. I imagine this is typical of most obituaries. This particular lead is alternative and is a lot more creative. Its more like a feature about Kurtz's life. His death in itself is news value. This guy was a notable philosopher and that's why the L.A. Times did this kind of biographical obituary. Resume's are more about business-type accomplishments. Obituaries are about how a person's accomplishments impacted and changed lives.