Omer Gene Tittle

No services for Omer Gene Tittle, 85, Lawrence, are planned at this time. His body was willed to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

He died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at his home.

Omer was born January 15, 1935, the son of Omer Adam and Leota Amanda Oliphant Tittle in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

He served in the United States Army from 1956-1958.

Omer was best known as a man of faith. He was a minister of numerous United Methodist churches over his career. He served Helena, OK, and Timberlake in a two point charge. Herndon, Ks and Prairie Chapel in a two point charge. Other churches were Chapman, KS, Norton, KS, Salina, KS, Wichita District Superintendent, and Manhattan, KS.

He married Koleta Faye Langham on December 25, 1956, in Oklahoma City, OK. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include, his children Cynthia “Cindi” Sue McCaleb, Lawrence, Lorrie Robin Gaschler, Blue Springs, MO, Christi Dawn Meier (Randy) Salina, Lance Alan Tittle (Susie) Tulsa, Ok; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; one sister Betty Sue Rogers.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Vicki Faye Penn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Maureen Thien...

Lance our sympathy goes out to you and your whole family. God Bless. Steve and Maureen Thien

From Charlotte Nelson...

I know you will miss him – a lot! He was such a warm and welcoming pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Salina. his deep voice and his laughter were heartwarming. It seems he spread cheer and good will wherever he went. Reading the condolences and the comments about Cindi’s stories brought back memories of working together with her at “Happy Corner” Elementary School! Cindi and I had another thing in common in addition to our teaching careers; we both had twin sisters! Thinking of you!

From Beverly (Wiltfong) Brands...

Oh how we loved the Tittle family when in Norton. Seeing his picture I could just hear his laugh. He blessed the lives of those who knew him. Mom had great Omer stories when she was his church secretary. Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you.

From David and Shawn Delker...

Our hearts were saddened when we learned of the passing of this great human being. We were blessed to have Rev. Tittle as pastor of Salina First UMC, and we remember the sincere joy and Christian love he brought to that congregation. We later moved to Manhattan and were thrilled when he came there as pastor of First UMC. We remember to this day how he greeted us by name and continued his enthusiastic leadership of that church. His infectious laughter and kind heart will always be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family.

From Vicki Brodersen...

I am saddened he learn about Rev. Omer’s passing. He was such a wonderful man of God. He and Koleta were great leaders for the church in Norton.

From John Bullock...

What a wonderful and beautiful person. He was such a big part of my life growing up in Norton. I’m so blessed to have had him and his family in my life. My deepest sympathies.

From Laurie (Wright) Judd...

My deepest condolences to all the Tittle family—Omer was our pastor in Chapman when I went on a UMYF church retreat and found my Lord Jesus Christ—he was a light that drew men to Jesus and he will forever be remembered in my heart—

From Kathy and Evan (and Amanda) Leonard...

Koleta and family ~ Please accept our deepest sympathy on Omer’s passing. He was a gentle giant and 1st UMC Manhattan was blessed by his leadership. I’ll always remember that we knew when the choir had done well – a toe-tapper meant we’d done a good job, and a two-toe-tapper was his highest praise! Many of us would sneak a peak at him during the anthem to see if we had made the grade that morning. May good memories sustain you in the days ahead.

From Janet and Mark Gabriel...

Omer made a huge impact on many lives during the short time he pastored us in Eudora. He filled in and kept us grounded when we were in a sad situation. Loved Omer and sending prayers for his family! I can still hear that voice!

From Marilyn & Dick Hoisington...

Our hearts are acking as we saw the news that Omer had passed away. We know he is with our heavenly father and without pain. We loved our time with him when he was pastor of the Chapman UMC. We have many wonderful memories of that time. He gave wonderful sermons. We especially remember our fun midnight runs for coffee to Denny’s that sometimes lasted hours. We were so young. Our hearts hurt for all the family. Sincerely, Dick and Marilyn Hoisington

From KAYLYNN [Price] Johnson...

OMG.. HE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST… Thru the years, Tammy, Nancy and I would recall fond memories. ONE OF THE GREAT ONES who impacted my life more that I even realized… Heaven gained an Amazing Angel. You are loved and missed.

Reading all the condolences was like a stroll down memory lane.

From Debbie (Van Da Walker) Pelfrey...

The Tittle family were a great addition to Chapman. I had the pleasure of graduating high school with the twins (Cindi and Vicki) and got to know the whole family. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Tittle and entire family.

From Marlene Wilmot (Bill is deceased)...

What wonderful memories we have. Marlene, David Wilmot & Janell Ambrosier. What a special man!

From Don and Mary Rickley...

I remember taking my mother to a grave side service at the Milford, KS cemetery. When we got out of our car and I heard his voice I knew who the pastor was. Fond memories!

From Vicki Jester Sherraden...

My best memories of being part of any Church and youth group was when Rev. Tittle and his family came to Chapman. I felt privileged to have him join my husband and I in marriage. Condolences to his family.

From Joan Taylor...

Condolences from Omer’s “former friend”. Maybe he and Larry are together eating huevo
rancheros. Great memories. ❤ Joani

From Florence Jester...

My deepest sympathy to the family. Rev Tittle often renewed my faith by his example. Our family has many wonderful memories of him and his family.

From Nancy Price Freese...

Oh my goodness. I’m so sad to hear this. Pastor Tittle would do a children’s story or mini children’s service during church. I was in early elementary. I REMEMBER him. He had a positive impact on me to rush those memories as I read this obituary. He was such a good person.

From Teresa Reichart-Vernon...

RIP Omar. I will always remember sitting in front of you & Koleta all those years in 2nd service at TUMC & walking back to shake your welcoming hand during greetings. You served well during your lifetime.

From Harold and Maralee Bray...

We enjoyed Omer as our pastor in Chapman. The Titles really were a part of the community and Omer was a good Chapman Lion Club member. Please accept our deepest sympathy. May the Lord continue to bless your family.

From Glenda Hettenbach Dixson...

Rev Omer Tittle and his Beautiful Family were a Great Edition to the Chapman Community. He uplifted the Congregation with his Sermons, Singing Voice, Children’s Sermonette and Youth programs. Great Times playing and growing up with your children. He definitely made a Difference in my Life. Sending Love and Prayers..

From JoAnn Ferguson...

I enjoyed my friendship with Omer and Koleta at the bank in Tonganoxie. Such delightful people. Praying for Koleta and the family.

From Betty Grey...

I an so glad to have known Omar. He was a true inspiration. He always a a smile and a kind word. I loved sitting in front of him in Church. He had such a beautiful voice.

From Terri Huseman...

Koleta and family,
I was blessed to know Omer. He was an inspiration to me and so many others. Memories of him will continue to uplift me.

From Angie Cottingham...

Such a wonderful person! His family is amazing as well. Thinking of you all❤️

From Tracy Urish...

Loved hearing all the stories about your dad. Glad to know two of his wonderful daughters that he raised. I’m thinking of you all and here if you need anything.

From Joan & Frank Blakely...

Our sympathies to the entire Tittle family. We loved him as our pastor at First United Methodist Church in Salina. I remember him preaching the children’s sermon with a puppet. He always had a big smile for everyone. Long after he left Salina, we were at a wedding he officiated in Manhattan, he saw us and immediately remembered our names. I mentioned it to Christy and Randy, and they said that was Omer, he never forgot peoples name. A wonderful soul, Rest In Peace.

From Kim Black Iversen...

I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. Tittle and his family! Memories from church, playing in the yard/house and being neighbors growing up in Chapman! The Tittles all hold a very special place in my heart, many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Lifting you all up in prayer at this difficult time. Sending love and hugs!

From Becky...

I was never blessed to meet Mr. Tittle but feel that we have gotten to know him thru all of the memories and stories that have been shared. Cindi and Robin’s smiles as they spoke of him was so infectious. May your entire family feel our prayers and love thru your healing.
Love, Becky Torneden-Johnson and family

From Kevan & Carissa Welsh...

Omer will always have a special place in our family’s hearts. We are blessed to have gotten to know him in the past few years through church and then the serendipity of now working with Cindi. Omer always had a smile and a kind word and we loved listening to his stories. What a gracious and loving heart he had – we all could stand to be a little more like Omer. He is missed by many, but his legacy will live on.

From Rick and Candy Langley...

My deepest sympathy to Oner’s family. What a very special man Omer was to all of us that knew him. We celebrate his wonderful life and the family that will carry on his traditions. God Bless

From Allen, Jamie, Will, Jake Yungeberg...

What a Great man , Great life , and Great family. You all are in our thoughts.

From Diannia Affalter...

I never met Mr. Tittle but I know Cindi and Robin. He should be very proud of his children and the kindness and love he has taught them. The stories Cindi has shared are priceless and the family will treasure these memories. May you find comfort I. The months to come

From Carol Langston...

I have such wonderful memories of going to Tonganoxie church and out to eat with him & Koleta. I will treasure these memories forever. What wonderful neighbors! God has a special place in heaven for Omer. I will miss him.

From Bill Eisele...

He was a special man. He served the Lord well.

From Phyllis Schneider(Mrs. Tom)...

The Great Plains Conference is transferring another membership to the great heavenly throng of angels. He will be missed.

From Leroy and Doris Bateson...

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family now and in the days to follow. We had never met Omar but we know that he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched in a very special way. He has now gained his Angel Wings and is at peace.

From Arline Kindle...

Omer made such a huge impact on us in the little time we knew him. My whole family instantly loved him. He radiated God’s love. Our prayers and condolences are with you.

From Joyce L Dickinson...

I HAVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES. LOVE AND PRAYERS.

From Martin Holler...

Mine and Nancy’s prayer are with you. Omer is the reason I ended up in Kansas.

From cristy sullivan...

We are so sorry to hear about Rev. Omar. He held a such a place in our hearts. Please know you all are in our hearts and prayers. May Omar Rest in Peace!
Love,
The Sullivan’s

From Francis Stockton...

I am proud to have known him. A great preacher and a true man of God.

From Chuck chipman...

Brian and I remember him well as our pastor at college hill umc. We send our love.

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