Ervin Ernest "Dobby" Dobberpuhl

June 9, 1916October 6, 2013

Born June 9, 1916 in Big Sandy, Montana to Arthur and Alvina Dobberpuhl. Graduate of Alexandria, Minnesota High School and Minnesota School of Business.

Called to military service with the Minnesota national guard in September of 1940.

Proudly served in World War II in the U.S. Army 494th AA Artillery Gun Batter B. Served in Iceland, England, Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Rose to the rant of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in September of 1945.

Married Mertie L. Hambrick on September 19, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. Moved to Idyllwild, California, then to Hemet, California and finally in 1956 to Rialto, California. Two children, William and Jane were born in Hemet.

Dobby worked for California Electric Power Company from 1946 to 1964 and upon its merger with Southern California Edison, with Edison until October of 1979.

Dobby was a devoted member and supporter of Grace Lutheran Church in Rialto since 1956.

Dobby was also an active member of the American Legion following his discharge from duty in World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 800 in Idyllwild, California, Post 53 in Hemet, California and a Life Member, Past Commander, Past Adjutant and held many other positions within the American legion Post 422 in Rialto, California.

Dobby is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mertie (age 105!), Brother Raymond of Walnut, California, son William and his wife Connie of Long Beach, California, daughter Jane of Riverside, California, grandson Matthew and Granddaughter Elizabeth and her husband Dave Cannata, and Elizabeth's sons and Dobby's Great-Grandsons Matthew and William Reynolds, all of Long Beach, California and Mertie's Angel Caregivers Laura and Roosevelt Wright of Fontana, California and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Dobby and his family have requested contributions in Dobby's name to Grace Lutheran Church, 539 N. Acacia, Rialto, California 92376.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ervin Ernest "Dobby" Dobberpuhl

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November 11, 2013

My deepest thought and prayers go out to you and your family for you lost I remember how much he meant to everyone

November 11, 2013

My deepest thought and prayers go out to you and your family I know how much he meant to everyone

October 19, 2013

Dear Family, We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Ervin's passing. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We cherish happy memories of the times your family visited us in Texas.
Love to you Aunt Mertie.

May God bless you.
Addie Marie (Hambrick) Domino

Elizabeth Dobberpuhl-Cannata

October 16, 2013

Dearest Papa-

You are now in heaven, free of all pain and discomfort, and are wrapped in the arms of Jesus. We tried to make your service and internment a reflection of who you were. You were a faithful man, a family man, and a true American Hero.

At your internment, we had the Patriot Guard Riders come and it was amazing. I know you loved every minute of it.

We all love you and will always remember you as the Gentle Giant that loved his Faith, his Family, and his Country.


Bill Dobberpuhl

October 8, 2013

We love you Papa. See you in Heaven.
Love, Bill, Connie, Jane, Matt, Beth, Dave, Matthew & William