Edward E. "Bud" Itter Sr., a retired Baltimore Sun commercial artist who was also a decoy carver and painter, died Monday at his Pasadena home of complications following surgery. He was 86.
The son of John A. Itter, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. steelworker, and Claire Itter, a homemaker, Edward Earl Itter was born in Baltimore and raised near Edmondson Avenue.
He was a 1947 graduate of City College.
He enlisted in the Army, then served briefly in the Marine Corps, and finally joined the Air Force, where he was trained as a pilot. He flew combat missions in Korea aboard de Havilland Mosquitoes, two-engine aircraft, family members said. He was discharged in the early 1950s.
Mr. Itter studied art privately and joined the staff of The Baltimore Sun's commercial art department in 1954. He worked there until retiring in 1992.
Mr. Itter was a carver and painter of duck decoys, and his work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildlife Art in Salisbury. Family members said some of his works are also in the private collections of such Hollywood notables as Harrison Ford, Robert Redford, Susan Powers and the late Forrest Tucker.
"He would look at a picture and then freehand-carve the decoy," said a daughter, Terry Spath of Pasadena.
Mr. Itter was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed taking hunting and fishing trips to Alaska.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., in Elkridge.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, the former Patricia Carol Gillis, he is survived by a son, Edward E. Itter Jr. of Essex; two other daughters, Darlene Brohawn of Warrenton, Va., and Karen Dunn of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.