Ervin Noble Dehn JR.

December 20, 1942 - September 28, 2016
Ervin Noble Dehn JR.


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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  • October 02, 2016
    Christie von Rinteln says:
    Erv, you will be missed. Thank you for taking such good care of my mom. Rest in peace and don't worry, I will take care of her now.

  • October 02, 2016
    Jim and Alberta Shellem says:
    Toni, I am sorry to hear about Erv's passing. Although no words can really help ease your loss, know that you are in my thoughts. I hope that the love of family and friends will comfort you in the days ahead.

  • October 02, 2016
    Bunny Boyle says:
    Erv was such an accomplished guy, and such a good and caring husband to you Toni. Gone too soon.

  • October 02, 2016
    Michele Jones says:
    Dearest Toni, May you find comfort in the Lord's arms. May His grace and endless love guard your heart in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We are covering you in prayer.

  • October 04, 2016
    Joe and Debbie Scott says:
    Toni, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. May you find comfort and peace in the loving memories you shared. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.