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Richard E. Sitter

December 6, 1927 ~ April 28, 2021 (age 93)



Richard E. Sitter, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and retired insurance executive died April 28th, 2021.

Mr. Sitter was 93 years old and lived in Bel Air, Maryland.  He was born on December 6th, 1927, the son of Paul and Elsie Sitter in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, class of 1950, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

In his senior year of high school he enlisted in the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program (ASTP) and served on active duty with the 2nd Armored Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  Prior to his completion of service in 1946 he was the Editor of the camp newspaper “Hell on Wheels.”

Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin he was employed by Wausau Insurance Companies where he worked for 27 years.  He came to Maryland in 1954 and during the 1960s and 1970s he was the Wausau Insurance Company’s Maryland Sales Manager.  In 1978 he accepted a position in Washington DC as Director of Liability with Verlan LTD, a Bermuda Captive Insurance company owned by the National Paint and Coatings Association.  In 1987 he accepted a position with Travelers Insurance Company, where his primarily focus was cases involving asbestos litigation. During the 1980s he taught insurance underwriting classes in the evening at the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk.

Richard Sitter was a past President of the Maryland Claims Managers Council, and a past President of the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.  He was a past Director of the Maryland Lupus Foundation, and served on the Insurance Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Mr. Sitter loved the beach and in 1971 became one of the first summer residents of Ocean Pines. He chose to build an A-Frame style cottage where he entertained his relatives from Wisconsin and introduced them to Maryland steamed crabs. He was always an avid reader and in his later years he turned to gardening and travel. Some of his favorite trips included a safari in Kenya, Bali, Hong Kong, China, Alaska, Hawaii, European river cruises, Iceland, Norway, The Mediterranean, Great Britain and many trips to Germany to visit his wife’s, Jolanda, relatives.

He was the last surviving of seven siblings all of whom lived in Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jolanda Lendle Dumps, three daughters, Christine Bafford (Barney), Ellen Truant (Gary), and Janet Poremski (Roman), a predeceased step-son, Carl Dumps, and a step-daughter, Diana Lendle.  His first wife of 32 years, the former Lois Fenzl, predeceased him in 1984.  He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brock Bafford (Crystal), Elizabeth Sneed (Thomas), Corey Bafford (Danielle) and Stephanie Truant, 2 great grandsons, Luke Sneed & Liam Bafford and many nieces and nephews.

Services and Interment will be Private. If desired, Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Harford County, 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, Maryland, 21047.


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