Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus, 76

LEXINGTON, OHIO: Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. That simple principle became Richard Titus’ life compass as he honorably served his family, his country and his Marine Corps.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus passed away Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, in OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield (Ohio) Hospital. He was 76.

Born Richard Allen Titus on July 11, 1938, in Kane, to Gregg and Margaret (Miller) Titus, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1956.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps later that year and was stationed at MCAS El Toro, California, as a flight engineer on the C130 line, earning E-9 status. In 1970, he transferred to serve as recruiter for the Mansfield area and retired from the Marine Corps in 1978 to the Fleet Reserve. Richard served three tours of duty in Vietnam and two
tours of duty to Marine Corps Base, Iwakuni, Japan.

In his retirement, Richard served as a supervisor with Newhope.

He was a member and Past Master of Mansfield Lodge No. 35 and a member of Scottish Rite. An avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, Richard served as an inspector to the Lexington High School Marching Band of Gold.

Remembered as a hardworking man devoted to his family, country and the Marine Corps, Richard had a devotion to his country, even in his retirement.

He was described as an excellent husband by his wife, Barbara, whom he married on May 19, 1961; also surviving are their sons, Howard (Sonja) Titus of Dayton, Ohio, Richard (Diane) Titus in North Carolina and Kenneth Titus of Dublin, Ohio. Richard was Papa to six wonderful grandchildren, Sam, Jay, Christopher, Caitlyn, Kenny and Dennis. He has a brother and two sisters living, Bill (Kathy) Titus of Jefferson County, Jane (Wayne) Hansen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Barb (Ken) Stewart of Punxsutawney; and a sister-in-law, Penny Titus, also of Punxsutawney.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Robert Titus and Kenneth Titus.

A Masonic memorial service will be held Friday Aug. 1, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 (419-884-1711), where the Titus family will receive friends following that service until time for the funeral service at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrant Jerry Wilson will lead the funeral service at 7:30 p.m. American Legion Post No. 535 will provide fitting and necessary military honors for the Master Gunnery Sergeant following the funeral on the grounds of the funeral home. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association may be made at the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Titus family, and messages of sympathy and support may be made to them online at

The Titus family expresses its gratitude to the gracious staff of Lexington Court Care Center and Ohio Health MedCentral Hospital for the excellent care Richard received.