Analysis: Obituary

A story about a man who helped found an Edina church in the Star Tribune does not follow the standard obituary lead.
It uses four paragraphs worth of description about who the man was, including a quote. It uses an anecdote that summarizes his character.
Yes, I think this lead does work for this story because as you continue to read the article, it becomes clear that the man's character was summarized very well by the anecdote at the beginning of the obituary.
The obituary differs from a resume because it skips between his "claim-to-fame" sections and his chronology very well. It also uses supporting quotes given by family members and friends about him.
The article is written in a very personal and casual manner, instead of using the rigid structure of typical obituaries.

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