A recent blog by "old man with a pen" indicated the only ending to a story is when the characters die.
I emailed back that that isn't true. The New Testament has most of its action after Jesus dies. Lots of Do-Over stories have the character die in the first chapter, to get him relocated in his new body, or in a younger version of himself, or rarely, herself. Its not only Do-Overs that have a character die, CMsix and other authors have aliens transfer a dying man's personality to a new planet, often Neanderthal/Cro-Magnon era mostly in a greatly improved body.
But aside from that issue, how stories get ended in a satisfactory way IMHO should be with a life changing event other than death. Marriage, birth of a child, going to a new school or college, graduation, serving in the military and/or discharge or retirement, a new job, a promotion, moving to a new location, other kinds of life changes (Getting a Nobel Prize) are good high points to leave the character(s) to "live happily ever after" and not face complaints from readers. Killing them off tends to reduce the opportunity for sequels, although Arthur Cannon Doyle managed it with Sherlock Holmes, sending him over a waterfall, and later finding out he survived. And readers mostly prefer to think about what happens next to happy characters riding off into the sunset.
Hiyo Silver, Away was the typical Lone Ranger ending. I have discussed this with an author who writes on SOL and his suggestion was that Silver had two names, his first name was Ohio. Or maybe they were headed for Ohio. I can't make up my mind. I am pretty sure, and spell check agrees, Hiyo is not a word. Tonto means stupid in Spanish. Kemo Sabe may mean who knows him, or might be something less complimentary than Stupid.
But the theme of this topic is intended to be good endings for stories and what makes them good, in the responder's opinion. I just read a very short story where a post Civil War (OK, War of Northern Aggression) veteran in Indian Country found an Indian widow and plot happens, they make love and bang, we are in appendix land, we don't see the characters any more, just get told they went to Tennessee and had children and the narrator is one of the great, great grandchildren and he hopes to see his ever so great Indian grandmother when he dies and get to know her. I rated the story Good, but indicated in an email that the ending needed work. If all else fails and no-one has a favorite story they want to discuss the ending and if it could be improved, we could discuss this one. (Chula's Way by Silverhawk)