Edward W. Schultze, 70, a Washington native who was a builder and real estate developer in Montgomery County for more than 40 years, died Dec. 2 at a clinic in Weston, Fla., after a stroke.

Mr. Schultze, a 1950 graduate of Devitt Preparatory School in Bethesda, attended the University of Maryland and served two years in the Army before he began his career as a real estate broker in the early 1950s. He became a developer in the mid-1950s, specializing in building townhouses, strip malls and commercial warehouses.

He moved from Bethesda to Key Largo, Fla., in 1990 and continued with construction projects there. He also had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

He was a member of the Montgomery County Builders Association and owner of the Barracuda horse stables in Mount Airy.

His marriage to Barbara Schultze ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Adelaide Upchurch Schultze of Key Largo and Rehoboth Beach; four sons from his first marriage, Edward W. Schultze Jr. of Gaithersburg, Stephen G., of Potomac, John F., of Santa Fe, N.M., and Thomas H., of Boynton Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Patricia S. O'Reilly of Kensington, Julia C. Schultze of Silver Spring and Carol Schultze Morris of Bethesda; a stepson, Currie F. Mebane of Annapolis; his 102-year-old father, George H. Schultze of Kensington; a sister, Eileen S. Quinn of Bethesda; a brother, George Schultze of Littleton, Colo.; and 20 grandchildren.

His daughter Kathleen Marie Schultze died in 1976.