Edward J. Cilley\r\n1921 - 2017\r\n\r\nEdward J. Cilley 96, died Saturday August 12, 2017 at Lakewood Continuing Care Center in Waterville.\r\nHe was born in Fairfield, Maine on March 14, 1921 the son of Harold and Mary (Murray) Cilley.\r\nHe was educated in Fairfield schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School.\r\nHe entered the military as a member of the U.S. Air Force on November 20, 1939 and had his first duty assignment at Hickam AFB in Hawaii\r\nand completed the aircraft armorer course with duty on B-18's and B-17's. He was still at Hickam AFB when the Japanese launched their \r\nattack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was also a member of the famous 11th bomb group which bombed Guadalcanal and other parts of the Solomon\r\nIslands prior to the Army and Marine landings. In May of 1943, he returned to the United Sates where he was assigned to an overseas replacement depot at Salt Lake City and later Tonopah, Nevada.\r\nShortly thereafter, in January 1944, he was on his way to an assignment with the 8th Air Force in Norwich, England. There he remained assisting in the bombing of Germany with B-24's until \r\nAugust 1945, when he returned to the states. After two months as a civilian, he reenlisted and was assigned to Westover AFB IN Massachusetts in the personnel field.\r\nHe remained at Westover until 1951 when he was selected for an AFROTC assignment at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. There he performed duties of Detachment Sergeant Major until July 1956 when he received\r\nan overseas assignment to Greenland as Base Personnel Sergeant Major.\r\nIn July 1956, he returned to the U.S. and was assigned as NCOIC, Airman's Branch at Plattsburg AFB in New York. He retired from the Air Force in March 1963 as a Detachment Sergeant Major for the Air National Guard\r\nUnit at Van Nuys ANGB in California. He was a longtime member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks and the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post of Waterville.\r\nEdward is survived by his loving wife, Millicent (McInnis) Cilley of Waterville, Maine. His three sons: Steven, Michael and Bryan Cilley all of Waterville, Maine and by 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. \r\nThe family would like to thank Lakewood for their care of Edward during his illness and the Care and Comfort Agency for their love and caring. \r\nAt the family's request, there will be no public visitation. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10 A.M. at Maplewood Cemetery Maple Street Fairfield, Maine.\r\nArrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home 10 Elm Street Waterville, Maine. Condolences may be expressed and guestbook signed at gallantfh.com.