Milton L. (Shorty) Ramsey, 61, president and founder of Ramsey Sheet Metal Specialists of Washington and an area resident since 1945, died of cancer Thursday in his home in Greenbelt.

Mr. Ramsey founded Ramsey Sheet Metal, a concern that fabricates ornamental copper and stainless steel products, in 1969. He had been its president since that time. Before that, he had worked for other area sheet metal companies.

He was a native of Staunton, Va., and served in the Navy during World War II. He had lived in Greenbelt since 1959. Mr. Ramsey was a member of an American Legion post in College Park.

Survivors include his wife, Alice R., of Greenbelt; two sons, the Rev. Milton R. Ramsey Jr. of Linville, Va., and John S., of Greenbelt; four daughters, Marjorie Cason of Middlebrook, Va., Linda Cavell of Houston, Nancy Dill of Aiken, S.C., and Cynthia Kriston of Owings Mills, Md.; two brothers, Howard, of Laurel, and Danny, of Gaithersburg; four sisters, Lucy Ricketts of Edmonston, Md., Virgie Clark of Brentwood, Md., Nellie Tinsley of Hyattsville, and Bertha Albright of Madison Heights, Va.; 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions in his memory to the Holy Cross Hospital Home Care Hospice in Silver Spring.