Edward, who was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946, was educated at Fairmount College. He received a master’s in business administration from National University before earning his doctorate in business at U.S. International University.
He married Sally Jeanette Hyatt Zirkle on Jan. 27, 1947. He worked as a radio announcer, designer, product manager and corporate president for many companies, including Kelvinator, General Electric, US Industries, Beatrice Foods and Samsonite Furniture. At one point, he worked at AMC/Kelvinator in Detroit, Mich. for George Romney.
Following retirement from the corporate world, he was a professor and dean for the MBA program at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, he taught business courses at various schools in the San Diego area.
Edward attended La Jolla United Methodist Church and was active in the Whitehall Bexley Rotary, as well as with the Masons, Musicians Union and the U.S. Navy League.
Edward is predeceased by his parents, his wife and by one son, David Oliver. He is survived by children Charles Edward, Edward Carl and Matthew Alfred Zirkle; grandchildren Christopher David, Paul David, Jon Michael David, Rachel Jeanette, Mark Patrick, Andrew Matthew and Sophia Joy Zirkle; and great-grandchildren Jayden and Malachi Zirkle.
He will be missed by all who knew him.