Carl R. Eby, 70, the founder of the Wheaton Door Co. and a past president of the Wheaton Kiwanis Club and the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation, died of cancer Feb. 17 at Suburban Hospital.
Mr. Eby, a resident of Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he was a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers and he served in the Pacific and Japan.
He moved to Wheaton in 1948 and established his business at that time. He was president of it until 1983, when he retired and left it in the hands of a son. He moved to Rossmoor at the end of 1984.
In his years as a member of Kiwanis International, Mr. Eby was named "man of the year" for the Capital District in 1967 and again in 1983. He founded eight Kiwanis clubs, six Key clubs -- Kiwanis organizations for high school students -- and two Circle K clubs -- Kiwanis groups for college students. He also conducted a life membership drive that raised more than $70,000, most of which was donated to programs for retarded children.
His marriage to Helen Eby ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Bette, of Rossmoor; their four children, Carl R. Eby II of Gaithersburg, who now runs the family business, Carlton, of Wheaton, Carla, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Carlson, of Baltimore; a son by his first marriage, Robert, of New York City; a brother, Glen, of Parkesburg, Pa.; a sister, Gladys Stokes of Lancaster, and six grandchildren.