The beautiful historic home at 122 N.High Street, Warsaw, Indiana was owned by Judge Frazier until1937 when Paul Bilby purchased and remodeled it as a funeral home. Bilby Funeral Home became the third funeral home in Warsaw. It was in this block of High Street that horse thieves were hung and the Underground Railroad came up providing freedom for the slaves of the South.
Ned Titus graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1952. Ned and his family returned to Warsaw in 1955 from Mishawaka where he had worked for his Aunt Mabel and Uncle Joe Thallemer at Thallemer Funeral Home. Ned went to work at Landis Funeral Home (later known as Chamness Funeral Home),and then on August 1, 1956 Ned and Maryon purchased Bilby Funeral Home.
The first year as Bilby and Titus Funeral Home brought 19 calls; the second year added to that number. Funeral directors were the EMS of the day. Ned and his 1946 Packard doubled as hearse and ambulance. He provided emergency service to many in the community at a charge of three to five dollars per run. The years that followed saw an increased number of calls primarily due to their simple philosophy; their service had to be personal, honest and fair. The High Street facility was remodeled three times. Ned and Maryon also raised their two sons,Jerry and David, while living in the upstairs of that funeral home. Although he had worked in the funeral home during his growing up years, it was in 1974 after serving in the US Army,including a tour of duty in VietNam, and then graduation from Indiana College of Mortuary Science, that their older son, Jerry, joined his parents’ business.