Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Edward F. Buyers died Friday of cancer at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was 60.

Col. Byers, a native of Ohio, was a graduate of the Case Institute of Technology. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in December, 1941, and received his pilot's wings at the same time.

After serving in the training command until December, 1944, Col. Byers attended the engineering school at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he completed an advanced degree in aeronautical engineering

His remaining years of active duty were spent with the Air Force Research and Development command headquartered in Baltimore. He also served in Bushly Park, London, England.

Following his retirement in July, 1970, Col. Byers was associates as a consultant in civil engineering. He was a registered professional engineer in Virginia an Maryland.

Col. Byers is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home in Great Falls, Va.; three sons, Bruce, of Vienna, Austria, an Kirk an Scott, of Ward, Colo.; two brothers, Dick, of Mentor, Ohio, and Tom of Akron, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.