Obituary: Edward Zaven Lilian |

Obituary: Edward Zaven Lilian

Minden resident for 15 years; W.W. II and Korean veteran

Edward Zaven Lilian died Nov. 20, 2003, at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

He was born Dec. 11, 1920, to Vartan Toros Lilian and Alice Polorian Shamirian in Fresno, Calif. Edward’s parents immigrated from Armenia in the early 1900s.

His schooling was in Oakland and Los Angeles, Calif.

He has lived in Minden for 15 years, previously in Pasadena, Calif., for seven years, Downey, Calif., for seven years, and Oakland, Calif., for 30 years.

He was an aerospace engineer and coordinated and instructed the military in air defense missiles. He was a designer of the Apollo space craft ground support equipment and worked in Saudi Arabia, Greenland, China and Japan.

Edward was a PBY flight engineer during World War II in the South Pacific, served as chief engineer of a fighter squadron, and served on the U.S.S. Princeton in Korea.

Surviving are his wife Betsy Lilian of Minden, son Richard, sister Gladys, and nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.

Funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. at St. Gall’s Catholic Church with viewing at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial follows at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville served as funeral director.