George W. Titus, 79, Mountain Top, died peacefully Jan. 2, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
George was born Dec. 12, 1937, the son of the late William and Flora (Franklin) Titus of Shickshinny. He was married to the love of his life, Lorraine (Poncala) Titus, for 58 blissful years.
He spent four years in the U. S Navy and was a member of American Legion Post 781, Mountain Top.
George was a professional truck driver all his life and was referred to as a “true legend” by many of his truck driving buddies. He had an incredible passion for his profession and would spend many hours reminiscing about the old days. He could talk for hours about his days on the road and you never got tired of listening to the same old stories. They were hysterical and those were the days! He most recently worked for J&H Excavating for seven years, retiring in 2016 because of his illness. Prior to that he spent 30 years working for Kevin Ryman Trucking and previously for other companies hauling everything from cars to strawberries. His most memorable times were his countless trips to the coast via 80 Westbound! No matter where you were headed all you had to do was call George for the directions, he was the best GPS ever!
His best times were spent with his family, especially riding motorcycles with his boys or just simply taking a drive through the country roads with his wife and daughter, Mich, stopping by the local farmers to buy some produce. He always made sure there were enough home-grown potatoes to last the winter. He enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee at the Chalet and breakfast or dinner at Eddie’s, where he enjoyed everything from hot cakes to chopped steak and especially the New England clam chowder, but let’s not forget the coffee! Many times he would head down to Sanitary Bakery to buy a birthday cake, not for any reason other than the fact he loved cake! And, everywhere he went he had his little sidekick, Ozzie, right with him, in his pickup truck.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Nelson and Jesse Titus.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Lorraine; his sons, David, John and Daniel and his wife, Lisa, all of Mountain Top; his daughter, Michelle Woods and her husband, Tim, Laflin; grandson, John Jr., Mountain Top; and his best buddy, Ozzie, at home. He also leaves behind his brothers, Clifford (Bert) and his wife, Catherine, Nescopeck; and William and his wife, Bonnie, Dallas; sisters, Laura Mae Titman, Stillwater; and Emma Jean Coombs and her husband, Barry, Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Bruce Saidman and his staff, Dr. Daniel Dudrick and his staff and Dr. and Mrs. Basil RuDusky for their care throughout his illness. A special heartfelt thank you to Erwine Home Health and Hospice, especially nurses Joyce and Sue and aide Lisa, for all their incredible care and compassion, guidance and support the past few weeks. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have had such special people be part of our family throughout this difficult time.
As per George’s wishes, there will be no public viewing or visitation. Please take a moment to say a prayer and remember all the special times you had with him.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
As George would say, “Keep on Truckin!”