Archie LeRoy Titus, 87, of Baker City died Tuesday, April 11, at his home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Prairie City Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following at the Teen Center in Prairie City.
Titus was born on July 25, 1929, in Eugene to Earl and Rosa (McCracken) Titus. He attended school in Marcola through eighth grade. Then his family moved to Prairie City. He didn’t go to school there, as he was not required to attend because the bus did not go to their house.
He and Nadine Horrell met through Nadine’s brother Jack. The two were married on March 29, 1953. They filled their home with seven children, six sons and one daughter.
Titus was drafted during the Korean conflict and served in the Army, later receiving an honorable discharge.
During his life, he worked for Boeing-Davidson Brothers Road Construction, Hines Lumber mill and Ellingson Lumber Company. He also worked for a time sheep shearing, logging, truck driving and working for the Forest Service. He was a heavy machinery mechanic, and he enjoyed picking up an old motor at an auction and reworking it.
While working for Boeing, Titus lived in Seattle. He also lived in Cornucopia, Prairie City, Portland and last in Baker City. A favorite verse of his was John 3:17. He enjoyed mild weather and will be remembered as the guy that could “fix anything.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine, in 2013, and his siblings Andrew Ray (stillborn), Bob, Donald, Stanley, Ruth and Hazel.
Titus is survived by his daughter Anita and her husband, Gary Handyside, of Baker City; sons Archie and his wife, Kathy, of Casper, Wyoming, James Titus of Bowman, North Dakota, Justin Titus and his wife, Colette, of Bowman, Dustie Titus of Baker City, Clay Titus and his wife, Danyel, of Bowman, Dave Titus and his wife, Janette, of Baker City; 13 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be shared at tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com.