Capt.(Ret) Ervin Aden

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"This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us Rejoice, and be glad in it". (Psalms 118). Ervin Aden was a man who lived his remarkable life every day in accord with that favorite passage. On March 24, 2014, at the blessed age of 97, he was called into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ervin Aden was pre-deceased by his parents, Gerhardt Christian (George) Aden, and Doloris Schroeder Aden, and by his loving and devoted wife, Iona Mae Heuer Aden. He was also pre-deceased by his brother, Cleo Aden, and his sister, Velora Kloouze. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Bonnie Aden Brooks (husband J. Dodd) of Clinton, Ms., and Louellen Aden Berger (husband Darryl) of New Orleans. Also survived by his seven wonderful grandchildren - Lori Brooks Poole of Dallas, Tx..; Lyndi Brooks Anagnostis of Dallas, Tx.; Leslie Brooks Nordan of Brandon, Ms.; Allison Berger Tiller of New Orleans; Darryl Berger, Jr. of Phoenix, Az.; Brandon Berger of New Orleans; and Ryan Berger of Austin, Tx. Also survived by ten precious great-grandchildren - Dalton Poole, Aden Letch, Lawson Letch, Georgios Anagnostis, John Gabriel Nordan, Elizabeth Reese Nordan, Ande Tiller, Hayes Tiller, Danny Berger, and Alex Berger. Also survived by his sister, Irene Aden Crow of Atlanta, Ga. Born in rural Nebraska in 1917, Ervin's great character, work ethic, and deep faith were forged early in life through the challenges of the Depression, Dust Bowl, and later World War II. Even in those difficult years, Ervin showed great ability on the baseball sandlots, and he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds organization. During 1940, Aden played professional baseball for the Reds in Mexico and Latin America, showing great promise among players that included a number of future major leaguers. But as the war raged in Europe in late 1940, Ervin Aden joined the Army to serve his country. While stationed near New Orleans in early 1942, right after Pearl Harbor, he met his future wife and the love of his life, Iona Mae Heuer. It was love at first sight, and after a classic war time distant courtship, they married on May 22, 1943, just before Ervin shipped out to Europe. His letters to his wife, written from the front in the midst of the Battle of Normandy, are a moving testament to the greatest love that can be imagined among a husband and wife. Lieutenant Ervin Aden (promoted to Captain during the fighting in France) led his men on to Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. For the next 55 consecutive days, Lt. Aden led his elite, highly trained soldiers in fierce fighting across France. His Troop fought continuously, without relief, in the critical battle for Carentan; through the infamous Normandy hedgerows; on the front lines of the St Lo breakout; and on the front line of fierce village by village battles in the push towards Paris. On August 1, 1944, Lt. Aden's Troop participated in the battle and liberation of the town of Villedieu-les-Poelles. In an incredibly heroic action behind enemy lines, Lt. Aden led 4 enlisted volunteers in the capture of 25 German prisoners, eliminating the perimeter infantry security of a German tank. During this action, he was severely wounded by a tank artillery round; he should not have survived, but by God's will, and the strength of his own personal faith, he lived to be reunited with his wife, and lead a long and productive life over the next 70 years. Following a year and a half recovery, Ervin and Iona Mae were able to return to New Orleans, where Ervin worked in his career as a successful sales manager, became a highly respected member of his community and church, and lived to see his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. When his beloved Iona Mae passed away in January 2013, they were just a few months shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. Captain Aden received a Purple Heart, and numerous battle commendations, but otherwise simply put the war behind him for the next 40 years. On June 6, 1984, he was invited to Normandy to attend the 40th commemoration of D-Day, where President Reagan, in a famous and moving speech at the American Cemetery, praised the assembled veterans for their bravery and heroism in defense of freedom. A photo of Captain Aden walking through the American Cemetery was featured on the front page of USA Today. He was blessed to return again with family members to Normandy for the 50th and 60th anniversary D-Day commemorations, and to take part in the opening of the D-Day Museum (now, National WWII Museum) in 2000. Finally, on September 11, 2013, nearly 70 years after he led his troops ashore on Utah Beach, Captain Aden was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the government of France, which was presented at a ceremony at the National WWII Museum, recognizing Captain Aden and several other fellow soldiers for their extraordinary actions and bravery in the battles for the liberation of France. Ervin Aden epitomized the Greatest Generation, and exemplified all the extraordinary values that shape those beautiful and descriptive words. He always placed God, country, family, and his fellow man before himself, and he led a life of faith, goodness, righteousness, and purity of spirit that was beyond compare. His life on earth, and surely beyond, is so well declared in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 - he fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith - now there will be in store for him a crown of righteousness. His family and especially his two loving daughters wish to thank his devoted caregivers, Manuel Chacon, Ava Nell Alexander, Leslie Canizales, Kathy Clay, and Mirtha Gallegos de Neyra; his remarkably capable and caring Doctors, including Dr. Bobby Miles and longtime dedicated friends Dr. Neil Baum and Dr. Field Ogden; and the wonderful programs for the elderly at both the JCC and Poydras Home. In lieu of flowers, Ervin's life was specially touched by St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, the WWII Museum, the JCC, and the Poydras Home. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to the visitation and funeral service to be held at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 28. Visitation at the church begins at noon, with the service at 2:00. Private interment to follow. To view or sign the family guestbook, please visit:
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