Happy Valentines Day to my friends and family. It has been 15 years today since my father, Chris passed away. I feel that he is still watching over us. Love!! I found the benefit article and it reminded me that my dad touched so many people and the love he had for his myself and his 2 other children was far beyond words could ever say.
Area bands honor the memory of a lost friend with rock concert
By Amy Oberlin
June 5, 2002 -ANGOLA
A friend and father was lost this year in a fatal crash on Interstate 69.
When Christopher Michael Tittle died at the age of 29 on Feb. 14, he left three children to carry on for him: 11-year-old Zachary, 5-year-old Gaven and 3-year-old Maia. He also left many devastated friends throughout northeastern Indiana.
As the tears dried and people began to get back to life as usual, some of Tittle's friends felt there was more they could do to honor his memory. After some consideration, three area bands came up with Benefit For A Friend, a three-band concert to be held Thursday, June 20, at Skip's Lounge in Angola.
The concert will directly benefit Zachary, who lives with his mother, Lisa Davidson-Bland in Helmer, and Gaven and Maia, who live in Garrett with their mother, Stacey Steinman.
Â³I think they're doing really well, considering everything that's happened,Â² said Steinman. Â³It still comes up, and it will.Â²
After the funeral, Zach took a picture of his father to school to share. It's his favorite picture, David-son-Bland said, with Tittle holding a giant pet snake named Abby.
Friday, Tittle's children got together to play in the Ashley town park. While Maia ran from the slide to the merry-go-round and back excitedly, Gaven did some dare devil stunts on a large plastic playset. Zach seemed to sort of supervise their activities while also enjoying himself on the equipment.
Tittle had a life insurance policy for his children. The money will be split between the three youths after his bills are paid and a headstone is purchased, Steinman said.
To help Tittle give more to his children, his friends came up with the idea for the concert.
Â³We kind of talked about it at the services,Â² said Aren Winebrenner of Jimmerson La