Edward V. Waight, 60, owner with his wife of Econo Wash, a laundromat in Cheverly, and a resident of the Washington area since 1957, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mr. Waight was born in Hornell, n.Y., and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a bricklayer there until moving to this area. He became a partner in the Polar Ice Co. and helped run that firm until 1974, when he acquired Econo Wash. His wife, Charlotte L. Waight, continues to operate the business.

A resident of Adelphi, Mr. Waight was a life member of the College Park Moose Lodge No. 453 and the National Rifle Association. He also was a member of American Legion Post No. 136 and of the Fraternal Order of Police of Prince George's County.

In addition to his wife of Adelphi, survivors include two sons, Lee E. and Lynn A., both of Adelphi; two daughters, Annetta L. Murphy of Denver and Phyllis K. Sturgill of Adelphi; four sisters, Marjorie Matacle of Canisteo, N.Y., Vivian Tuckerman of Warwick, Mas., and Emyln LaPosa and Sally DeConick, both of Rochester, N.Y.; seven brothers, William J. of Reseda, Calif., Clifford of Sterling, Va., John of Hornell, Karl of Tonawanda, N.Y., Brian of Rochester, Curtis of South Carolina, and David of Wisconsin, and eightgrandchildren.