Stephen W. Feiss, former owner and operator of a company that manufactured moldings for construction, died Tuesday of complications from vascular disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Roland Park resident was 82.
Mr. Feiss was born and raised in Cleveland, and interrupted his chemical engineering studies at Case Western Reserve University to enlist in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was an instrument instructor for pilots and attained the rank of lieutenant.
After the war, he worked for his father's foundry in Cleveland and then for Reliance Electric & Engineering Co., which named him manager and sales director of its branch office in York, Pa.
In 1964, he purchased Cushion Glide Co. on East 24th Street in Baltimore, a business that produced metal sashes used in wooden window frames. After selling the business in the late 1960s, he established Fypon Inc. on Clipper Mill Road, a manufacturer of polyurethane moldings used in interior and exterior construction.
He moved the business to Stewartstown, Pa., and returned after selling it in the 1980s.
At his death, Mr. Feiss was a board member of Baltimore Tool Co. and the Flag House. He was a former board member of the Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross and of Boys' Latin School.
He was an avid fly fisherman and had enjoyed the sport all over the world, his family said.
A memorial gathering will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Maryland Club, 1 E. Eager St., where he was a member and had been a nationally ranked squash player in doubles in the 60-plus group.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Elinor Eimer; three sons, S. William Feiss Jr. of the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County, Christopher A. Feiss of Ruxton and Geoffrey A. Feiss of Helena, Mont.; a daughter, Margery F. Menton of Roland Park; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.