He pastored the Elyria Assembly of God Church on Abbe Road (Cross Community) from 1959 until 1974. Edwin was in the ministry for over 60 years before retiring in 1992 from Ann Arbor Assembly of God in Michigan. He and Margaret resided in Grass Lake, Michigan after his retirement. He loved his family, traveling the world, fishing and golf.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Margaret (nee Kurtolik); his three sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Patty Eliason, David and Laura Eliason, Philip and Susan Eliason; 11 grandchildren; and a great grandson.
Funeral service was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 13, 2013.