Several readers have called or written to question an obituary in the Jan. 30 edition of The Crier. To clarify, the paid death notice of Capt. John Joel Pilger, USAF (Ret.) was submitted by his family in accordance with his wishes, they said.

We believe that while the obituary was fanciful, its truth resided in the next-to-last paragraph saying Pilger died peacefully surrounded by his family.

As a general rule, newspapers do not heavily edit paid obituaries, short of fear of libel. But the liberties taken here would never be allowed in a staff-written obituary.

Our bottom line here is that we enjoyed the Pilgers account of his last flight as much as they enjoyed submitting it.

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