If your relative was a veteran, and you are unable to locate a death certificate in his home county, consider that he may have died in a veteran's facility or Soldier's Home. Same story for an obituary...something may have been published in an unexpected venue because of the veteran's residence at the time of his death. The Van Buren District Library has a collection of just such obituaries. Soldiers Obituaries, 1899-1938, compiled by Francis Hall is a three-volume typed set that gives transcriptions of obituaries for soldiers from around the state. Some notices are somewhat brief, but others more extensive giving family survivors' names, birth & parent information, and specifics about military service. Most at least include a date & place of death, prior residence or home town, and burial information.The original manuscript includes a notation that the exact source of the compilation is not known, but is surmised to be from the Soldiers Home or an American Legion post. Many of those listed died in the Soldiers Home or had been recent inmates there.
This every-name index to the collection was created by Jerry Anderson, Van Buren District Library volunteer.
A copy of this collection can also be viewed at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI. The "Old Soldiers' Home" was and is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan