Edward C Binder

August 11, 1923January 7, 2019

Major General Edward C. Binder was born In Omaha, NE, on August 11th, 1923, to Clarence and Myree Binder. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1941 and attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, MO, graduating in 1943. General Binder began his military service when he enlisted in the US Army at Ft. Crook, NE, in June 1943. He served in the Infantry branch in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He returned to Nebraska in 1946 where he met and married Roma Chilcott. This marriage was blessed with two children, Gary and Nancy. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Colorado Army National Guard in 1948 and later served in the New Mexico National Guard. Ed and Roma returned to Nebraska where Ed then served in the Nebraska National Guard. By the time he retired in 1983, he had more than 40 years of service and retired as the Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard. During and after his military career, he was very active in the American Legion, serving as Commander of Lincoln’s Post #3 and as State Commander of the American Legion. After retirement, Ed served as a volunteer in many activities such as Cornhusker Boys’ State and assisting people with homestead exemption applications. During his later years, he served as a volunteer at the information desk in the Lincoln-Lancaster City-County Building, where he was recognized for his long time volunteer efforts. He is survived by his children, three grandsons; Matt, Michael (Janel) and Jonathan (Samantha) and six great grandchildren, Brooke, Kaylee, Lucas, Megan, Kenzie and Kyler. Services 11AM Monday, 1/14/2019, at Grace Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington Streets, Lincoln, NE. Reception to follow at church. Interment at 2PM at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or the Nebraska National Guard Museum.


  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Nebraska National Guard Museum


  • Celebration of Life Monday, January 14, 2019

Edward C Binder

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Gary Miller

March 5, 2019

Dear Family of General Binder,

It is with deepest sympathy for you that I am sending this.

I had a deep respect and admiration for Gen. Binder when I served in the Ne National Guard from 1979 to 1988 as a member of the 43rd Army Band.

A few times during summer training I had the chance to speak/visit with him about various things, and I formed the opinion that Gen. Binder cared about his troops both professionally and personally. For that and other reasons I feel that he was a soldier's general, and a man's man. I will forever be grateful for this experience and many more.

Gary A. Miller

Dan Volnek

January 14, 2019

Ed was a great man and a great patriot. He was a very proud Dad,Husband and father. I was blessed to know him!

Dan Volnek


January 9, 2019

Ed was a volunteer at the City/County building for our office helping Homestead Customers. I would take my breaks and go visit with Ed. He became a Great friend of mine. I could tell Ed anything and he would always tell me that it was going to be alright. Ed was quite the character. He will be missed by many. He will always be my Hero!!!