Edward was the son of Martin and Louisa Mader. He fought for his country in World War I.
Edward was married and the father of two (known) daughters; Naome who married George F. Taylor, and Mrs. Dunning. In 1928 Edward was residing in Centralia, Washington, later moving to Portland, Oregon sometime before 1941. He lived there until he died on March 9, 1966. His wife preceded him in death.
The American Legion conducted a private funeral. Surviving him was one daughter Naome and two grandchildren; Commander Fred F. Dunning and Lee/Leigh G. Dunning.