Free database of over 82 million obituaries/death notices dating back to 1937:
NOTES: I did two searches for persons who died in the 1980s and 1990s, and found both-- with accurate birth and death dates for each. The Tributes.com people are not depending on newspapers alone for the information in their database-- they're also scouring public records like Social Security Death Index, and are forging relationships with funeral home directors.
You can also leave “tributes” to deceased persons on the site (no charge)-- you can even upload photos to add to your tributes. Tributes can be fascinating-- even addictive-- reading, so take a look...