Harold "The Kid" Titus

  • Born: February 29, 1940
  • Died: March 18, 2020
  • Location: Springfield, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Harold D. "The Kid" Titus, age 80, of Springfield died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born in Battle Creek on February 29, 1940 the son of Dallas and Veva (Baldwin) Titus and graduated from Springfield High School. A very hard & dedicated worker, over the years Harold worked at Sullivan Dairy, Clark Equipment and retired from Post Cereals.

Harold married the "Love of His Life", Sue Ann Seymour in Battle Creek on October 27, 1962; she sadly preceded him in death on January 5, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Judith Titus; and two brothers, Gerald & Robert Titus. Harold is survived by his children, Trixie L. Titus, Trudie L. Titus, both of Battle Creek, and Todd H. (Kim) Titus of Portage; three grandchildren, Cameron Spears, Alexandra Spears, and Katlynn Titus; and his loving dog & companion, "Chip".

Harold was a wonderful family man that truly loved life, laughing and being a jokester. He also enjoyed classic cars & car shows, stock car racing, bowling, drives in the country, snowmobiling and camping, but his family and his Dalmatians were everything to him. Harold was a member of the Misfits & Sunset Cruisers car clubs, the Masonic Lodge, the AFLCIO at Clark Equipment and the Grain Millers Union at Post.

Due to the recent Government Regulations and the large number of people who knew and loved Harold, a private family service has been held and a public celebration of Harold's life will be held at a later date. Please omit flowers and in lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Kindred Hospice, the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, the Sunset Cruiser Car Club, and/or Maple United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We knew Harold from Sunset car club. He was a very nice man and will be missed by all that knew him.

Posted by Jim & Olivia Beavers - Bellevue, MI - Friend   March 27, 2020

I'm so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss! My love and prayers are with all of you

Posted by Stephanie Pumfrey - Friend   March 26, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Todd, Trixie, Trudie and grandchildren. He was a good friend and neighbor for many years. He will be missed. Death of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. May God give each of you the peace that you seek.

Posted by Barbara & Carter Bunch - Nashville, TN - Neighbor   March 26, 2020

I would like to Thank each and everyone of you for sharing thoughts , memories and all your kind words, I really enjoy reading through all the memories.. Myself, sister and brother were truly blessed with our Dad he was one of a kind all my memories are good of him he never ran the bars and he was a very harder worker and great provider for our family, We camped went to Florida and Ceader Point just about every year...No matter where we went he always knew somebody he also never spoke a bad word about anybody..he truly loved our mom Sue ,,,years after she passed he said he could never replace her..I hope all three of them are together now....So Loved and I will truly miss both of them...God Bless.

Posted by Trixie Titus - Springfield, MI - Family   March 25, 2020

Dear Trudy, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dad. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. He has now joined his love Sue and they will keep watch over you! Deepest Sympathies,
Mary Jo

Posted by Mary Jo Garrett - Battle Creek, MI   March 22, 2020

Harold (Harry) was a very nice man. I met him & Chip through the old car shows. He will be missed.

Posted by Tom Seiser - Martin, MI - Friend   March 21, 2020

I remember Harold because in June of 1978 he purchased a male Dalmatian puppy from us. Did Harold breed Dals and could Chip be descended from that dog? My husband and Harold attended Dodge School in their youth. I am a graduate of Springfield H.S., Class of '58. My deepest sympathy to your family at this time of loss.

Posted by Edite Balks Walter - Ceresco, MI - Acquaintance   March 21, 2020

With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. May God's love,peace and blessings comfort you during this time of loss and always !5nYrH

Posted by Mr. &a Mrs. O.D. Collins - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 21, 2020

Harold was a LEAP YEAR Baby-born on Feb. 29, 1940. I had a fun lunch with him at SUNRISE CAFE a few days before his actual 20th /80th birthday. We talked about some of our experiences as partners on a cutting press that produced millions of cereal cartons for POST CEREALS where we worked for 30 yrs. ago. I can't walk very well anymore and Harold offered to take on a golf car to see all those old & famous beautiful cars at the Gilmore museum next summer. Learning of his death brought many tears to my eyes. Thank you- HAROLD for our long-time & caring friedship.-RIP-Cas Dzwik

Posted by CASIMER(CAZ) DZWIK - BATTLE CREEK, MI - Coworker   March 20, 2020

I met Harold several years' ago when I moved into my home on 29th St.(yellow home). I had a Dalmatian at that time and we were talking about how great they were. Through the years I would always see Harold and Chip walking, and it was funny that some times my Dalmatian (female-Brandi) would bark over at his dog (before Chip came along). Harold and I would would chat from time-to-time over our fences too saying hi and briefly talking. I told my husband (married over 4 years ago) when I looked out our kitchen window earlier this week and saw all the vehicles over there that something was wrong. I had recent shoulder surgery and wasn't able to go over there for fear of either Harold catching something or me before he passed. Chip will truly miss his "daddy" because every time Harold would back up his truck or one of his vehicles....Chip would always bark with excitement knowing he was going with "daddy" somewhere. Harold and Chip will truly be missed by all of us who knew him and cared about him. Prayers to all of the family during this very difficult time.

Posted by Marianne Wells - Springfield, MI - Neighbor   March 20, 2020

Harold i sure will miss you. Rest high on that mountain. Prayers to the family and friends.

Posted by Sandra Sincler - Gobles, MI - Friend   March 20, 2020

Harold aka Big Daddy @ Post was a great co-worker and friend. He was always in a good mood, loves joking around and scaring you when you didn't know he was there. After retirement Harold would stop by just to see how I was and how things were and of course sow off Chip. He will be greatly missed. I send my utmost condolences to the family.

Posted by Rita VanDerwall - Friend   March 20, 2020

I knew Harold from bowling the love of race cars and dog's he will be missed.

Posted by Raymond Szybowicz - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss Trixie and family! I know you were very close. He will be greatly missed!

Posted by Vicki Ralston - Willow, AK - Family Friend   March 19, 2020

Harold and Chip were members of the Sunset Cruisers Car Club and so are we. They will be very much missed by all of us. We will miss his laugh and the good times. Chip was the best behaved dog we have ever been around. Sending hugs, thoughts and prayers to Harold's family and extra hugs to Chip.

Posted by Ralph & Suzie Worden - Climax,, MI - Friend   March 19, 2020

I first met Harold at Gilmore car museum on Wednesday night cruise ins when I worked there . He and chip ! Then at kalamazoo speedway we sat in the same section . He always had chip with him and he allowed my granddaughter to just sit and cuddle with chip during racing . He was a real as it gets at the racetrack . He will be greatly missed by many !

Posted by Kim Burgess - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   March 19, 2020

It's been 10 years since I saw Harold. Along with Mary Hoffman we went to Washington DC some years ago. We had a great time. He was a great guy and a lover of animals. I'm certain he is with Sue now. Rest In peace.

Posted by Bonnie Howard - South Pasadena, FL - Friend   March 19, 2020

Harold, aka, Chip's Dad will be missed by all of us who attend the Wednesday night Gilmore Cruise-Ins, of which he was a faithful attendee. I will specifically treasure the times we sat around on Wednesday evenings and talked about the "old days" when Harold mixed paint at Hill Piston for delivery to my collision shop. If the color was a tiny bit off, he always said I should not work on old junk that was so faded. We had many good laughs over those memories and the other characters we dealt with. A good man and a good friend. Our condolences and great sympathy to his family.

Posted by David Berlien - Delton, MI - Friend   March 19, 2020