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Edward Francis Dilger

A memorial service for Edward Francis Dilger, 90, a longtime resident of Hayward, Calif., will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Sorensen Brothers Mortuary, 1140 B. St., Hayward. Visitation will be directly after the service.

Mr. Dilger died April 20, 2006, at Eden Hospital, in Castro Valley, Calif. He was born July 23, 1915.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviator, earning numerous medals for his service in the South and North Pacific, and the North Atlantic during World War II.

He was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1882 in Hayward, and the Elks Lodge of Fremont, Calif., and he participated in the 1,000 Aviator Program at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. He enjoyed playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Dilger.

Among his survivors are his wife of 61 years, Dorothy L. Dilger, of Hayward; daughter Catherine Dilger, of Livermore, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Maryln and Robert Hawkins, of San Francisco; son and daughter-in-law George and Catherine Dilge, of Carson City; grandson Anthony M. Dilger, of Carson City; five other grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Burial with full military honors will be 10 a.m. Friday at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to any Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.

Sorensen Brothers Mortuary in Hayward is in charge of arrangements.