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James B. Titus, 92, of Botkins, died at 6:05 p.m., Friday Oct. 11, 2013, at the Wapakoneta Manor. He was born Feb. 24, 1921, in Pomeroy, Ohio, the son of Margaret (Wolfe) and James S. Titus, who preceded him in death. On March 15, 1950, he married Joyce E. Varney, and she died Dec. 13, 2003.
Survivors include two sons, Richard S. (Sandra L.) Titus, of Wapakoneta, and Jeffrey A. (Patricia S.) Titus, Cicero, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Matthew S. (Elizabeth) Titus, Melissa R. (Michael) Picard, Jared A. (Alicia) Titus, Bethany N. Titus, and Kelsey M. Titus; four great-grandchildren, Connor, Nolan, and Ian Picard, and Braydon Titus; a brother-in-law, Glenn (Connie) Varney, of Bowling Green; special friends, Tom (Rita) Baumer, of Botkins, Deborah Stegall, of St. Marys, Karen Smothers, of Montezuma, Ohio.
A farmer, Jim worked as a soil consultant at Brookside Laboratories, New Knoxville. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of The Ohio State University.
His memberships included the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, NRA, the American Legion, Post #444, New Knoxville and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He enjoyed reading, auto racing and attending gun shows.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Long & Folk Chapel, 13 S. Blackhoof St. Wapakoneta, with the Pastor Dennis Gaertner officiating.
Burial will follow in the Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville, where military rites will be conducted.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the New Knoxville United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.