524 N. Park Ave Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 920-922-5110
August 29, 1925 - March 21, 2012
Donald Titus, age 86, passed away quietly Wednesday, March 21st at the Veterans Home in King, WI. He was a life-long resident of Fond du Lac. His life was full and he leaves Arlene, his devoted wife of nearly 59 years and a legacy of three children, 11 grand-children and three great grand children who will all surely smile as they remember him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Lenny Titus, son-in-law, Dale Nelsen and grand-daughter Leah Nelsen. Don was truly one of the “Greatest Generation” from the Tom Brokaw book which honored the courage and sacrifice of our WWII veterans as well as their hard work, selfless values and great success in building our nation. Don was drafted in late 1943 during his senior year of high school and was quickly trained and deployed to the Solomon Islands with the 1st Marine Division, Third Armored Amphibian Battalion. His role on an amphibious tank landed him on the beaches ahead of the first wave of infantry, an assignment which many did not survive. He fought at New Guinea, and the island of Peleliu, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. Don also saw combat at Okinawa, the historic and conclusive battle of the Pacific theatre. His experiences during the war were not discussed much, but he was quick to say that he was “damn lucky” to have made it home and he lived his life in full appreciation of that fact. Letters he wrote to his parents from the Pacific are archived in the Historical Society Museum at Oshkosh.
In addition to wife Arlene, survivors include daughters Deborah Titus Nelsen (late Husband, Dale) of Appleton and Donna Titus Kreuter (Husband, Kurt) Green Bay, and Son Don Titus Jr. (Wife, Terry) of West Bend.
Visitation: Friends may call on Monday March 26, 2012 from 9 to 11 AM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM at the funeral home. Trier-Puddy American Legion Post No. 75 will conduct military graveside services. Burial will follow at Rienzi Cemetery.
Sincere thanks go to VA Staff in King for the wonderful care they provided.
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For additional information and guestbook go to www.ueckerwitt.com.