Ade was born in Cooperstown, ND on December 17, 1904. He married Ena Culver of Flandreu, SD on November 29, 1928 in Cedar Falls, IA.
Ade worked for NAPA from 1930 to 1970, becoming vice president and director of purchases and inventory. Ena worked as a dental technician from 1928 to 1931. She took time out to raise two children, then worked from 1962 to 1970 as the executive secretary for the principal of the North Park Academy. They spent their working years in Chicago, IL, but retired to Duluth, MN where they lived for several years. Later, they returned to live in Chicago. The Johnson-Helsten Family by Marilyn Fischer.
Ade and Ena had three children:
Ade died in December 1996. Ena died in 1993.