Dick Ervin, former EAA Warbirds of America president and current comptroller of the division, passed away on Saturday, April 2, after a battle with cancer. He had been residing in North Fort Myers, Fla., after living in Indiana for many years.
Ervin was an extremely active aviator throughout his life. His experiences included U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, certificated flight instructor, Airframe and Powerplant mechanic, and pilot ratings in airplanes, gliders, helicopters and balloons. He was also very active in the T-28 community and owned a T-28 based at North Fort Myers.
First elected to the Warbirds of America board in 1987, Ervin served as president of the EAA division 1990-92 and was also Warbirds chairman at EAA Oshkosh during those years. He also served as vice-president and comptroller of the Warbirds of America, was past president of EAA Chapter 67 and a founding member of Warbirds Squadron 3 in Indiana. Ervin was inducted into the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 1999.
A memorial ceremony with a fly-over has been scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Mount Comfort Airport (KMQJ) just east of Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as Warbirds Squadron 3, which will use their memorial funds as a scholarship for an Indiana student to attend the EAA Air Academy. Please send your memorial contributions to: Paul King, Warbirds Squadron 3, 6612 Kingman Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
EAA and the Warbirds of America express their condolences to Ervin’s wife, Joan, and their entire family.