Olan E. ‘Bud’ Hitt Sr., worked at Beth Steel

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Olan Ed­ward “Bud” Hitt Sr., a re­tired Beth­le­hem Steel worker and a skilled car­pen­ter, died of can­cer on Oct. 28 at Sea­sons Hospice at MedS­tar Franklin Square Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The long­time Dun­dalk res­i­dent was 82.

He was born in Clarks­burg, W.Va., the son of Hugh Hitt, a steel worker, and Freda Mae McGarry, a home­maker.

Mr. Hitt moved to Bal­ti­more in 1937 with his fam­ily af­ter his fa­ther took a job at Beth­le­hem Steel Corp.’s Spar­rows Point plant. They later set­tled in Dun­dalk.

He at­tended Bal­ti­more County pub­lic schools, then worked as a type­set­ter and for a rub­ber stamp firm. In 1955 he be­gan a 40-year ca­reer at Beth­le­hem Steel as a roller on the tan­dem mills. He re­tired in 1995.

Mr. Hitt en­joyed car­pen­try and built a va­ca­tion cabin in Berke­ley Springs, W.Va. Dur­ing the 1980s he built a sec­ond cabin in Linn, W.Va.

Fam­ily mem­bers said he also en­joyed work­ing on projects at his Dun­dalk home and built a new kitchen and a sun­room. He also built dec­o­ra­tive cab­i­nets to hold trash cans and a wooden loft for his grand­son’s dorm room at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park — he de­signed it so it could be dis­as­sem­bled and re­assem­bled each year.

Other hob­bies in­cluded coin col­lect­ing and en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends. He liked cook­ing for fam­ily gath­er­ings and was known for hol­i­day ham and turkey, Sloppy Joes for Hal­loween and his chicken-and-stuff­ing casse­role.

He was a long­time mem­ber of North Point Bap­tist Church in Dun­dalk.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held Wed­nes­day at Duda-Ruck Fu­neral Home in Dun­dalk.

He is sur­vived by a son, Olan E. “Ed­die” Hitt Jr. of Dun­dalk; two daugh­ters, An­drea Hitt and Sher­ryl “Sherri” Wood, both of Dun­dalk; two broth­ers, Jim Hitt of Linn, W.Va., and Bill Hitt of Nebo, N.C.; a sis­ter, Bar­bara Friese of Dun­dalk; six grand­chil­dren; 11 great-grand­chil­dren; and girl­friend Mae Pavlovich of Bal­ti­more. A mar­riage to the for­mer Frances Sponau­gle ended in di­vorce.

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