Ed was born in Titonka, at 435 Ripley St. NW. Clarine was born in rural Hamilton County (north of Ellsworth), Iowa. Ed graduated from Titonka High School in 1932 and attended Luther College for two years. Ed has been in banking all his life. Clarine attended Spring Valley rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1934. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers college in 1936. She came to Titonka in 1936, where she taught for three years. Ed and Clarine were married in 1939. They have five boys.