Mr. Craig Leon Titus, 59, of West Burlington died at 1:52 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Great River Medical Center.
Born January 15, 1952 in Burlington, he was the son of Hubert "Mike" and Delores Weyrick Titus. On September 26, 1992 he married Kathleen Francis.
Mr. Titus was a graduate of Burlington High School. He worked for the State of Iowa Department of Corrections, Burlington Fire Department and owned and operated Titus Grocery and Titus Pizzeria.
Mr. Titus was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, his weather radio and was a "people person." He was a Hawkeye fan and loved watching the Danville baseball games.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Titus of West Burlington; one daughter, Jenny Titus of Wayland; two sons, Caleb Titus of West Burlington and Jared Murphy of Burlington; three step sons, Tom (Jenni) Patterson of Burlington, Benjamin (Megan) Patterson of Davenport and Michael Menke of Burlington; one step daughter, Kim (Nick) LaFauce of Burlington; his mother, Delores "Dee" Titus of Burlington; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father "Mike" and brother, Michael.
Visitation will be from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 1st, in Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
The funeral procession will leave from Lunning Chapel at noon on Monday, January 2nd, led by the Burlington Fire Department going past the Fire Department to Peace Lutheran Church where Mr. Titus' funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Cindy Johnson will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date.
A memorial has been established for Danville High School Baseball Team.
According to Mr. Titus' wishes, cremation will be accorded following the funeral service.
I am not sure if you remember me or not but I worked at Titus's Pizzeria and Steakhouse from 1994 until 1996. Craig was the only person in Burlington that gave me a chance because my hair was longer than was the norm for B-town. He was a great boss, father, and husband. I often think of the time him and I came into work on Sunday and cleaned the grease traps. He would tell Fire Fighting stories and smoke Lucky Strikes. He was a great man that served his community for many years, and he will be missed by many many people.
Adam Q. Haessler
Kathy...I am so sorry to hear about Craigs death. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Sorry to hear of your loss Kathy and kids. I always enjoyed my time at Station 3 with Craig. I remember him building Calebs cradle in the basement there. Was Caleb really ever that small? Craig was a good and generous man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Kathy: I was so sorry to learn of Craig's death. I enjoyed working with him during my 15 years at BFD. He was always so friendly and pleasant to be around. Please accept my sympathies. I am sorry I won't be able to attend the services.
I worked with Titus at MPCF... for the first 6 months he thought my name was Rosie... one day I said what'd you call me and he said Rosie... I said my name is Josie and laughed...but Rosie is the name that stuck.. my father passed away 15 yrs ago and Titus reminded me of him in so many ways... it's like losing my father all over again.. I loved that man... and I am so sorry for your loss.
On the job
Kathy, Our deepest sympathy to you, the kids, and all of Craig's family. Keeping you in our prayers.
I just saw Craig about 2 weeks ago I believe it was. Was saddened to see he had passed. My condolences to his family.
We were very saddened to hear of Craig's passing.
Please accept our sympathy.
Craig and I rolled through many a highway and byway while on BFD A#1. He was the first to volunteer when no one else wanted the job and he always had my back. He was a loyal and trustworthy partner. Lots of adventures, and lots of laughs, many at his own expense. Craig-o was there when I needed someone to go to bat for me several times during our service together, and never shirked his duty, no matter the circumstances. I remember...Potato salad at midnight at station 3..Squirrel stew...35 hours up and 4 Iowa City transfers..the hotrod..pushing the ambulance out of the station 1..Waterloo Iowa..2 am calls to shorty's..and a few headshaking, gut wrenching moments too. I know how much he cared for his mom and dad and family and I know that he leaves me with many bittersweet memories...I hope his family realize he made a huge difference in the lives of many...See Ya Craig....Ron Layer..(AKA Reggie)
craig was always life of the gathering always welcoming friends and fellow workers knew many people by name never forgot anyone so when he gets to heaven, as he will, he'll be as happy as he was here .sadly missed deeply love by friends snd family
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Those who bloom in the hearts of others, never fade away. Kathy may you find strengh in the memories ,comfort in time, of a voice lost, but never forgotten ~
my heart goes out to kathy, caleb and dee.
thinking and praying for you all
I enjoyed working with him at TC's Pier in Oquawka. I was shocked and saddened to hear he passed. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Craig's passing. I hold so many good memories of childhood and high school days. Rest well, old friend.
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