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WARSAW – Titus Funeral Home & Cremation Services recently announced the expansion of the long-standing family business through the acquisition of Kosciusko County-based Owen Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.

In addition to the crematorium in Warsaw, the takeover also includes the locations of the undertakers in North Webster and Syracuse.

Funeral director Cory Benz is the owner of the Titus Funeral Home, which was established in 1956 and can trace its Warsaw roots back to 1937, according to a press release provided.

Benz is a certified crematorium operator, specialist in pre-planning and was recently awarded Young Adult Professional of the Year by the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.

“Richard and Kym Owen have ministered to the bereaved in Kosciusko County for more than 30 years, providing unparalleled comfort in life’s difficult moments,” said Benz. “Your funeral home and crematorium are known for their compassionate and trustworthy care. This will not change as a new owner.

“I promise to maintain the same high level of care that the Owen family and the Titus Funeral Home are known for,” he added. “There will be minimal day-to-day changes, including our offer to keep all staff in their existing roles. In fact, Richard will continue to serve families as a funeral director. I am forever grateful to the Owen family for their trust in our team and for the opportunity to keep their businesses local and family owned.”

In a letter sent this week to those planning a funeral with the Owen Family Funeral Home, Richard Owen said: “We know Cory is an honest, compassionate and community-minded man. His reputation and work ethic are well respected in the Warsaw community.

“Cory recognizes that the funeral service is a calling,” he added. “He will serve the Owen family’s funeral and cremation services with thoughtful consideration and excellent service.”

With this purchase, Titus becomes the owner and operator of the only crematorium in the Kosciusko district.

Questions regarding prearranged funerals or conveyancing can be directed to 574-457-4002 or 574-267-3104.

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