Ed was born in Glencoe, Minnesota and attended Emanuel Lutheran Grade School in Hamburg, Minnesota. He graduated from Glencoe High School before earning an engineering degree from Northwest Technical Institute. He worked for MTS Systems in Eden Prairie for 40 years, retiring in 2005. In 1967, he married Lorna Rolf. They have two married sons and 5 grandchildren. Ed’s hobbies include collecting and repairing Farm Toys, woodworking projects, golfing, fishing and spending time at the lake.