Edward ‘Ned’

Edward “Ned” Veihmeyer, 91, a Washington-area businessman and co-owner of a family company, Builders Hardware Corp., died of heart and respiratory ailments Dec. 16 at his home in Silver Spring.

A son, John B. Veihmeyer, confirmed the death.

For 40 years before retiring in 1986 Mr. Veihmeyer worked in the family business, which was founded by his father-in-law in 1937. The company furnished architectural hardware and doors for commercial buildings. He retired as vice president and co-owner and continued to consult with the business after that.

The business was located in Washington, then Bethesda, then Rockville. The family sold the operation in 1999.

Edward Brady Veihmeyer was a fifth-generation Washingtonian. He graduated in 1939 from St. John’s College High School in the District. In 1942 he graduated from Catholic University as a member of the Class of 1943, pursuing an accelerated program because of World War II. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during the war.

He was a former president of the American Society of Architectural Hardware Consultants.

He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Margaret Easby-Smith Veihmeyer of Silver Spring, whom he met as a first-grade classmate at St. Gabriel’s Elementary School in Washington; five children, Catherine Hughes of Burke, Peggy Malone of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Mary Pat Veihmeyer of Bethesda, John Veihmeyer of Potomac and Nancy Guza of Powell, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Therese McPherson, died in February 2012.

— Bart Barnes