Obituaries

Steven Louis Titus

August 3, 1952 - February 14, 2021

Steven L. “Steve” Titus, 68, was greeted in heaven by his Savior, his beloved daughter Amie, and dear father Frank, on Sunday, February 14th, 2021.

The visitation, from 10-12pm will be held on Saturday, February 20th, at the Redeemer Fellowship Church, 1125 Oak St, St. Charles, Illinois, with the funeral service to follow at 12pm. Burial service to follow at 1pm in Prairie Cemetery, Crane Rd., St. Charles. Early supper, for immediate family only, to follow at Redeemer Fellowship  Church.

Steve is survived by Terri, (nee Meer), his wife of 48 years. They fell in love in high school and Steve encouraged Terri to join the sewing machine and vacuum department at the Sears store where Steve could keep an eye on her.

A true visionary at Sears for 45 years, Steve created the dealer store concept from the ground up with his vast knowledge of operations, finance and merchandising. He set the stage for the first Sears outlet stores nationwide.

As a lifetime mentor, Steve gave countless people their first opportunity in leadership roles and had his hands in developing many successful executives at Sears and beyond. He was more proud of their accomplishments than his own!

For the past 10 years, Steve has been an inspirational presence at Kilwin’s Chocolates, leading all aspects of franchise development. His exuberant personality and high character attracted good people whom he encouraged to a higher standard. Steve even invested in the company by keeping his freezer stocked with 3 gallon tubs of ice cream, much to the delight of friends and family. In keeping with his interest in balanced nutrition, Steve indulged everyone he knew in his homegrown fresh produce and canned soups and salsa and his famous sweet pickles. He was generous in all aspects of his life.

Steve coached softball and baseball ever since Amie and Matt were playing.  He continued to coach for years afterwards with Wasco Baseball, impacting and mentoring so many young men and women.

To know Steve was to quickly become a friend and to feel valued. He was quick to share his love of Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith. He attended Team, a Men’s Bible study at Chapelstreet Church of Geneva for 25 years and attended Redeemer Fellowship Church of St. Charles. Continuing the legacy of his dad, Frank, Steve taught those around him to love God, family and country and to always reach out to those in need.

It wouldn’t take much time around Steve to quickly know how much he loved baseball and the NY Yankees with all their stats and titles. He’d tell of his own injuries he’d overcome to keep him at bat on his team, the Rookies. Steve was always pretty sure his knees had one more season of softball…

Steve was born August 3, 1952 in Hannibal, Missouri. He is survived by his wife Terri (nee Meer), his son, Matt, (Sarah) of Prague, Czech Republic, his daughter, Melissa (Jeff) Tsai of Austin, TX, his son, Nick (Nicky) Kressman, of Shakopee, MN, his mother, Gerry Titus of St. Charles, his sisters, Susan (Brian) Cook of St. Charles, and Sara (Tony) Caggiano of Orlando, FL, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank and his daughter, Amie Elizabeth Titus.

Steve and Terri have 13 adoring grandchildren who referred to him as “Papa.” These grandkids brought him a great sense of joy; their presence in his life was a source of immense pride. From Matt and Sarah: Izabella, Samuel, Lucie, Evy, Theo and Victoria. From Melissa and Jeff: Chase, Ami, Mae, Wren, and Ty. From Nick and Nicky: Landon and Greyson.  Steve and Terri were also considered family to countless others. 

Papa was a magician with the coin-behind-the ear trick. He’s used the same penny for the last 16 years and the kids are still amazed. He wasn’t too proud to take on The Penguin costume…and was a really sweet Smee but he drew the line at the Pokemon suit the next Halloween. Fishing was a competitive sport amongst all the grandkids at the retention pond across the street. Three-eyed carp were the norm, but were always looking for the four-eyed cahuna. Is there anyone in St. Charles that hasn’t seen the Titus fireworks extravaganza? It started out as a church picnic…

In lieu of flowers…

 Please donate to Mercury One, a non profit that Steve loved supporting.

 www.MercuryOne.org

 Live stream for the memorial service at 12pm Saturday, February 20th:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acz72_U4TEw

 

Guest Book

  • Jean Taylor Steve didn't even know me but he was friends of my brother Tony and when I was having a problem with wanting to return something to a Sears store he jumped in and made it happen. I will always remember his kindness. RIPchephit
  • Bill and Kristina Giffin We just heard about Steve's passing and are so sad for all of you. He was a wonderful person to work with and be friends with.
  • Mike Macari Steve became a friend through our business relationship as a member of the real estate broker team representing Kilwins. Steve left a deposit in my life demonstrating in the flesh what it looks like to work hard, love family and walk with the Lord, day to day. I will really miss Steve and can only imagine how much Terri and family will need our prayers in the coming days, weeks and months. Holy Spirit, we agree with each other in asking that Your unfailing love for Terri and family to be very tangible and ever present, in this time of grief and loss. Give them many sweet memories of the time with Steve and let us all look forward to the time when we see Steve again in heaven. We ask this is Jesus Name, Amen.
  • Brian and Mary Daily What a great man-always approached a sensitive subject with great kindness-you will be missed Steve, thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • Ron Brunette Steve will be dearly remembered and missed by his Kilwins and Sears families, where I had the pleasure of being his friend for the last 15 years. Steve was always energetic, always enthusiastic, always looking for the best in people, and always a welcome addition into a meeting or a social gathering, I will miss your blessings, our discussions about God and religion and the state of the world and even a little bit about baseball! You leave behind friends and family, but the love lives on.
  • Danny Jackson My wife Toni and I have been Sears Hometown owners for 26 years and were blessed to have known Steve. He was truly a man who loved his family and GOD. Even though Sears in is good hands we would always say to each that we wished Steve would come back. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with all in the family.
  • Amberle Kurkowski It is with great sadness I heard about Steve's passing. I havent known him long, but he has been crucial in walking me through the franchise process for our new Kilwins store in Georgetown, TX. His passing came as shock to me as I am sure it was to so many others. He was such a wonderful person and I am heartbroken he is not going to be able to be able to bring his grand children to my store. I am sending his wife, Terri, children and grandchildren my heartfelt condolences and prayers.
  • Richard Russo Great guy worked with him at Sears we had daily talks about Yankees, Family and Sears RIP Steve Will is out daily talks
  • Bob and Donna Wade Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hold tight to your memories. I considered him my nephew. I love you all.
  • Susan and Mike Bertocchi Steve became a friend the moment we met. His passion for life, family, Jesus, and Kilwins ice cream was truly what led us to pursue becoming Kilwins franchisees in Parker , CO. He represented everything we love about this company. Even after “signing off” as our mentor, we remained in touch via text and email, sharing both victories and defeats. We are so very sad to hear of his passing and offer our deepest condolences to his family whom he cared for so deeply. Much love...
  • David, Dawn, & Brandon Bagwell Steve was instrumental in our selecting Kilwins as a franchise investment. Our curiosity in the brand was met quickly with detailed answers by Steve who led us into a new chapter of our lives. We will always remember how instrumental he was in selecting a successful site and preparing us for the years ahead. He will be missed and always appreciated.
  • David Previglian Steve will be truly missed. He and I had two bonds after meeting. Jesus and Baseball. I will miss our talks when his Yankees play my RedSox. Thoughts and prayers for his wife and family.
  • Lee Plave It was such a joy to share stories, joy, business details, and a mutual love of baseball with my friend Steve. He is already missed by those of us who were fortunate to know him. Thank you to his family for sharing Steve - he spoke of you all and his eyes were always focused on you. May his memory always bring joy.
  • James Hilyard I am very saddened by the news of Steve's passing. Steve always was a joy to work with, and his spirit consistently embodied the possibilities. You have my heartfelt sympathies.
  • Dave Dorst Steve will be so missed by so many. I enjoyed our conversations about coaching my softball girls. He was truly an inspiration and great human being. I am blessed to have known him.
  • Jerry Lockport Steve was a fine man and his integrity was beyond reproach
  • Craig Rytlewski Steve's family will be in my prayers. I remember riding around with him in his GTO back in the 70"s