Ervin Noble Dehn, JR, age 73 of Compass Pointe at Leland, North Carolina passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Erv was born on December 20, 1942 in Washington DC to Ervin and Margaret Dehn and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Richmond Professional Institute with certificates in Civil Engineering and Building Technology and from Ohio University with a Bachelor degree. He was a Sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers and received 5 brigade level commendations. During his service in the Vietnam War, he was exposed to Agent Orange numerous times while developing forward airfields. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart on April 10, 1968 after being ambushed by a Vietcong patrol as he and his team were deployed. He was severely injured and flown back to the United States for many months of recovery at Walter Reed Hospital followed by a lifetime of overcoming these injuries.
Erv loved being a Civil Engineer and earned Professional Engineering certifications from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. From 1987 to 1993 he was Director of Engineering and Maintenance at Wilmington International Airport. His career included Senior VP and Board of Directors member at Talbot Cox, Director of Civil Engineering and Land Development at EHA, and Associate Vice President of Aviation Programs at HNTB. He went on to become the Lead Airfield Engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering Services in Maryland, completing numerous multi-million dollar commercial and airport improvement projects. He met the love of his life, Toni. After their marriage in 2006 they made their home in Florida where he worked for the City of Naples Airport Authority as Director of Airport Development until his retirement.
Erv has been the devoted husband of Toni Dehn. They had recently moved full time from Florida to North Carolina where he loved spending time with his grandkids. He was very proud of his children and enjoyed seeing what good parents they have become.
If Erv couldn’t be fishing he would be “collecting, refurbishing and trading”, whether it was cars, kayaks, guns, coins, or rare books developing a passion for negotiating on Amazon and eBay. He also enjoyed home improvement projects and decorating with Toni to finish their new house at Compass Pointe. Since retiring and moving, he used his civil engineering skills and ingenuity to design and craft his home drainage fields and decorative garden walls.
Father of Christopher Noble Dehn and “Grandpa Erv” to Logan, Madison and Aaron Dehn
Father of Kimberly Dehn Hill and “Grandpa Erv” to Dehn Hill
Brother of Gale Dehn Paisley (deceased), Lynn Dehn Carpenter and John Steven Dehn
Arrangements are being made to Honor at Arlington National Cemetery date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Erv’s name to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) at https://www.dav.org/ will be appreciated.
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