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Thomas Richard Tittle 63 Years Young

The angels came and escorted Thom to Heaven's gate on Sunday, March 29, 2009.

He was greeted by brother, William Harold Tittle; mother, Neva Delore Tompsett; father, Richard Morgan Tittle; grandparents and several good friends. Lovingly waiting to see him again are his soul mate and wife, Kim; sister, Norma J Rist; sons, Dale (Tina) Tittle; Kevin (Kelli) Tittle; step-daughter, Michele (Jeff) Lewis; and nephew, Michael (Darleen) Tittle. He will be missed by two beautiful grand-daughters, Brooke and Ashely Tittle; handsome grandsons, Drew Angus, Jared, Spenser, Zain Tittle, Caleb and Cody Miller; loving great-niece, Elizabeth; great-nephews, William and Shawn Tittle; other loved nieces and nephews, Brian Rist, Kristin Wolfe, Theresa Romano, LeeAnn Walker, David Tittle and many dear friends.

Thom graduated from Coventry High School in 1963 and immediately joined the Marines. He proudly served for 3.5 years and still considered himself a Marine when he died. His passion for cars of all kinds both earned him a living and was a hobby for many years. When working on cars wasn't enough he attend Southern Ohio College and earned a degree in Computer Programming. He worked several places before finding a home at Sterling Inc. in 1989. Thom is loved and respected by all of his colleagues and friends and was missed when he retired in January of 2008.

He continued his love for cars by working diligently in 2008 on the #30 Late Model Stock car owned by long time friend Joe Walker and driven by his son, Preston Walker. Thom was their mechanic, tire changer, all around pit crew member but most of all, their great friend!

Among many, his other passions were target pistol shooting and volunteering at Victory Junction Gang Camp. He worked at least one weekend or one week at camp every year since it opened in 2004. His hearing impairment made it difficult to work directly with the children so his duties were in the kitchen. Like everything Thom did in his life, he did it lovingly and to the best of his ability. It brought him great joy to help the camp help disabled and sick children get a chance to be "normal" and have a wonderful camp experience. If your heart has been touched by Thom and you would like to do something to truly honor him, consider making a donation to VJGC. 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or

Kim and the family want to thank all of you for your cards, gifts, words of encouragement and prayers. It is Thom's wishes not to have a funeral service; however, there will be a celebration of his life/open house at a later date.


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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 31, 2009.
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April 29, 2009
Dear Kim,
We are so sorry to hear about Thom. I am shocked. We prayed for Thom when we received the bad news.
Thom was a tremendous friend and co-conspirator in driving the educators crazy at Coventry HS. Whether it was him or me thinking up things to pull it was a pleasure to hear him laugh. Thom, Alan Lofton, John Roebuck and I played Little League together. We were on the Lockwood Yankees. Thom always had a kind word to say about everything and everyone. What a great guy. After High School we went our different ways in the military and lost touch but then I received an email from him and when I went back to Ohio last year I stopped over for a visit but no one was home. That will always be a bad memory for me because I could have re-united with him when he was not ill. I did not know about his passing until I just received a message from another classmate and was informed today. My heart is empty now. God Bless you and yours.
Frank A. Vargo
Frank Vargo
April 8, 2009
It's amazing how God brings people into our lives. I will never forget the first time I met you and Thom, and how we seemed to become fast friends. I was telling Dennis that we didn't get to see each other or chat very often, but that I felt so deeply saddened by the loss of Thom. Dennis said it was because he was such an open, honest, big-hearted person. How right he is!!! We met at Kay and just clicked, and it's like we've know each other for a long time! I was sad when we moved back to NY from NC, because I knew we wouldn't get to see you when you volunteered to VJGC. Please know that you and Thom have touched our lives, and that we will miss him. Please keep in touch!
Love, Jill (dennis, catherine and adam, too)
Jill Fallon
April 8, 2009
He was my dad! He was the best dad anyone could ask for. I will miss him calling me Mitchell!! I will miss him greatly!!
Michele Lewis
April 7, 2009
Kim and Family:
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Thom and I have been good friends for years. People like him are rare, and I am so thankful that our pathways crossed. We will forever hold a part of him in our hearts. He was an angel on earth as I know he is in heaven. Love Always,
Bobbi, Tiffany, and Melissa Akers
Bobbi (Norvell) Akers
April 6, 2009
Kim, You are in our thoughts, our prayers and our hearts. We hadn't known Thom for very long, but it didn't take very long at all to see what a special person he was. He will be missed but remembered with love. Love, Phyllis
Phyllis Sharp
April 6, 2009
Kim, you are on our minds and in our hearts. You and Thom are high on our list as the nicest, most down to earth people we have known. Thom will be strongly missed but our memories of him will last and be with us forever. To leave that much love behind is a wonderful legacy. Peace and Love Joe
Joe Grant
April 6, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Thom was a great man and dearly missed after he retired. I've been praying for him since I heard of illness and I'll remeber him always as I last saw him at Cleats.
God Bless
Lynette Palmer
April 6, 2009
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I've covered the Speedway for the Herald for 10 years now, and when someone passes associated with it, it's like losing a family member. Your family will be in my prayers, especially every time I see Preston driving the 30w Late Model this season. Victory Junction is a great organization and will be getting a donation from me in Thom's name.
Randy Broadwater
April 5, 2009
Kim, Although you do not know me, Thom and I had been friends since 1965, I am so sorry to hear of his passing, may the angels bless you and your family for having such a dear man in your life.
Cheryl Terwilliger (Harbaugh)
April 5, 2009
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Adams-Mason Memorial Chapel
April 3, 2009
I am deeply saddened by Thom's passing. My heart goes out to you, his family, and his dear friends. He was loved by so many.
Kim Hyrne
April 2, 2009
Dear Kim
We loved Thom, he was a wonderful friend, always ready to give us helping hand if needed.
We will always cherish our vacations
together we had great times, touring Europe, seeing Blue Man Group in Chicago.
Most of all we will remember our morning teas, and sitting on the front porch solving all of the worlds problems.
Remember Kim we love you and our door is always open to you.
Your freinds always, Love Nancy & Arch
April 2, 2009
To Thom's Family we wish to express our deepest sympathy. Occasionally we would run into the two of you at the Chatter Box. Thom was a great man with a great smile. Keep his memory with you. God Bless you all.
Tom & Carol Blose
Tom Blose
April 1, 2009
You don't me but I knew of Thom through Sterling. He was very nice man.Always had a big smile on his face. I've kept you all in my prayers since learning of his illness. I know how painful this is for you, I just lost my husband to cancer on Feb. 24th. I pray everyday that God will ease you sorrow and grief. Take comfort in your Family, especially your Grandchildren,even though they miss Him too they can be a great source of healing.
God's peace to you and you family.
Lois Kline
April 1, 2009
Dear Kim, I am so sorry for all you two have endured these last months. To find such a love on Earth is truly a blessing. May you find some peace and comfort until you are reunited where there is no pain, trouble or worry. You are in my prayers and thoughts, Julie Thoma
April 1, 2009
Dearest Kim,
It’s so hard to believe that we’re never going to get another chance to hug that big teddy bear husband of yours in this life. What an inspiration he was to those who knew him and a shining example of what we all strive for when it comes to being a great father, a great husband and a great friend. Sandy and I really enjoyed the time we all spent together over the years and feel lucky to have so many memories to reflect upon. We loved him so, so much and always will.
Thank you for taking such great care of him through such a difficult ordeal Kim and still finding the time to keep us all updated on his condition.
If there’s not a Saint Kim, there is now.

Love Always,
Sandy & Joe Ciccozzi
April 1, 2009
Our thoughts will always be with you. We love him dearly and he will be greatly missed.
jack & dee weinsheimer
April 1, 2009
Dear Kim and family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss, Thom is a great man, always loving, always kind. He always had a great smile and good conversation. Thom will be remembered. As stated in the obituary, we lovingly wait to see him again.

Thoughts and Prayers,

Jody and Dee-Dee Fedor
(Sterling Associates)
Jody Fedor
April 1, 2009
I am sorry to hear about Thom, He was a friend from high school and has recently been in touch by email.

I wish you and your family the best in these trying times
David Jeter
April 1, 2009
Dear Kim -
there are no words to express the feelings,
except to say my thoughts are with you.
Remembering the always warm welcome Thom and you gave me besides Norma, Kristin and Brian during my stay in Akron.
I was longing to meet you again some time over here on one of your trips to Europe. I still hope there will be time that the two of us will meet again.

My thoughts are with all of you.

Love Daniela
Daniela Ehrenberger
March 31, 2009
Norma and family,

I didn't know Thom was ill, but I do remember meeting him at your office last year. I'm so sorry for your loss, and hope you take comfort in knowing he's well and whole again in spirit. Continue your conversations, hold on to the good times and know that his memory will be eternal.
Katina Jones
March 31, 2009
Kim & Family,
My heart breaks as I read this sad news,but Heaven has another Angel to wait there for us.I really enjoyed getting to know Thom at camp,he was a super great person who really cared,He will be missed by many,I just wish I could have been able to see him one more time.Kim, please keep in touch.I love you.God Blessed you with a wonderful man.
Regina Haynes
March 31, 2009
It has truly been a blessing to care for Thom. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I am glad Thom has received his wings, for he truly was an angel. Take care of yourself Kim.
Megan Kermue
March 31, 2009
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Thom was a wonderful man, a warm smile and always a friendly hello whenever we saw him.
Zac and Bonnie Pettit
Bonnie Pettit
March 31, 2009
I can't believe it has been almost twenty years that I have had the pleasure of knowing Thom, and through him getting to know you. I am grateful for so many fond memories. I would bump into Thom periodically in the employee store, because he used to love picking out just the right piece of jewelry for you and making sure it was a bit unique and special (just like you!). He would always let Melissa make a mess out of his lunch (even encouraged it!). He said that she made him feel special for picking him out to be her buddy, but Thom made us all feel special. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you. Much love from Denise, Brian, Melissa and Anne Marie
Denise Shaffer
March 31, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - I unfortunately did not get to know Thom well, but i know he was a wonderful and special person.
Deidre Buchanan
March 31, 2009
I loved him... we all loved him. The kids still cry everytime we say a prayer. Our prayers have turned to hopeing he has found his brother and he his happy with his family.

As my dad says... "I want to be like Thom when I grow up"... he really was an awesome guy!!!

We love you Kimmy!!!

Lynn, Brian, Sean and Alyssa
Lynn Roberts
March 31, 2009
We are so sorry about Thom, he meant a lot to us. We will always remember the good times we shared like birthday parties and just plain old visit. Just know that we loved Thom very much and we will miss him deeply. Kim you are always in our thoughts and prayers and we love you. We will always stay in touch.

Love, The Zivcsak's
Ron, Lynn Brittney, Anthony and Macey Zivcsak
March 31, 2009
I'm so sorry about Thom, I will truly miss him. He was much more to me than just my dad's best friend. I will always remember the motorcycle rides and how he filled the pool up with hot water, just for us! Your in my thoughts and prayers and I love you.
Love, Brittney
Brittney Zivcsak
March 31, 2009
Dear Kim:
I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I did have the honor to work with Thom. I'll never forget when I first started at Sterling, and I was sent to get coffee...I was nervous just getting coffee! My hands shook as I stared at the cup, coffee going every where. He told me in his quiet way and with a smile on his face...look ahead, don't look at the coffee. I looked at him and laughed, nervously...and he walked with me the rest of the way explaining if I look ahead and not at what I'm trying NOT to do I'll get there a lot quicker and more successfully. I think he was talking about something more than just carrying a cup of coffee...that was over four years ago, and I still follow that advice. I'm deeply saddened by his passing, but I can't help but grin when I think of his kind smile, soft voice, and that gleam in his eye. It was truly an honor to be his friend.

God bless you and your family,
Denise Tomayko
Sterling Inc.
Denise Tomayko
March 31, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
russell and lisa dimick
March 31, 2009
I just recently learned of Thom's illness and have been thinking and praying for you and Thom daily. I also have been thinking of all the fun we had in Hawaii together. Thom was smart and generous, a modern day Renaissance man. He enjoyed working on cars and riding his Harley, but was just as comfortable discussing Swarovski and taking photographs. As a matter of fact, his pictures of Hawaii were so much better than mine, he made copies for me and I just passed them off as my own!

I will hold those memories dear and continue to keep you in my thoughts.
Fernanda Frazier
March 31, 2009
He was my soul mate, we finished each others sentences. My heart aches for him. I will love him always. Thank you to all for your friendships.
Kim Tittle
March 31, 2009
Though we didnt see each other that often, Thom was a great friend and inspired everyone he met to want to be a better person. I will miss you brother!
Ron Antonick
March 31, 2009
Thom with Kim and Tami at Mark and Janes
We will miss him dearly Kim.
Tom and Tami Whiteleather
March 31, 2009
Kim..May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time. Tom was a great guy and will be greatly missed. Please know that Roger & I will keep you in our prayers. Love, Roger & Barb Burley
Barbara Burley
March 31, 2009
Kim I am so sorry about Thom..May you seek the comfort of your family and the protection of the Lord's arms..
Kelly Green
March 31, 2009
Kim, I was so sorry to hear of Thom's passing. I'm so glad that he was able to attend our 45th class reunion in September and I know from correspondence we had afterwards that he really enjoyed himself.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Karen Jones
Coventry High School Class of 1963
Karen Jones
March 31, 2009
Kim and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Howard and Gina Kent
Jack and Marilyn Kent
Howard Kent
March 31, 2009
Kim, Thom and I talked racing every time we saw each other at Sterling. I so enjoyed when you and Thom went to Michigan to watch the race with Butch and me. What a fine, gentle man. I will miss him.
Shirley Edmiston
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