CARL W. DEHART
AMHC, USN (Ret)
8/31/1920 - 1/26/2014
Carl William "C.W." Dehart, 93 passed away peacefully in his sleep on 26 January 2014. He was born 31 August 1920 in Whiton AL to Cleveland and Josie Dehart, who both preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by Hazel, his wife of 62 years; three brothers - Auburn, Jim and Jack, and three sisters - Doris, Martha Grace and Patricia.
C.W. is survived by his five sons; Danny of Ft. Worth TX, Rodney (JoAnn) of Milton FL, Steve (Charlene) of Pensacola Fl, Michael (Donna) of Atlanta GA, and Phillip (Barbara) also of Pensacola FL, as well as his best pal "Milo". He is also survived by nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
C.W. joined the Navy in 1942 and served with the "Black Cat" patrol squadrons in Australia during WW-II. During his career he also made deployments to the Western Pacific aboard 5 aircraft carriers. He retired from the Navy at Ellyson Field after 23 years of honorable service. He continued his love of aircraft for another 10 years at NARF aboard NAS Pensacola. After a brief tour in Vietnam in 1975 as an aircraft maintenance instructor and advisor, he entered the civil aviation field at Ferguson's Flying Service where he served for over 20 years as the maintenance foreman.
The family will receive visitors in a celebration of his life at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home from 12:30 to 1:30 on 1 February 2014, followed by internment. In recognition of his lifelong career in the aviation community, C.W.'s cremated remains will be placed in a WW-II Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine cylinder and interred next to Hazel immediately following the celebration of life service. Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens is located at 1985 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola FL 32524.
The Family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the exceptionally professional staff at Pensacola Navy Hospital, and the compassionate caregivers at Pensacola Covenant Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Covenant Hospice Pensacola or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2014