Eric John Valent

Whittemore, Michigan
July 27, 1981 - December 5, 2014


Monday, December 8, 2014
2-8 p.m.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home - Twining


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Obituary Notice

Eric John Valent, 33, of Whittemore, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 5, 2014.
Eric, better known as, “Uncle E”, “EV”, and “Little Rico”, lived every moment to the fullest, loved everyone he met and left a smile on their hearts. He enjoyed the thrill of competition, whether it was three fast turns on his Pony, sliding through the curves in his blue & white go-cart, or the famous #11 seen on the 4-cylinder factory stock. He raced every minute to the finish line! Eric was an adventurous outdoorsman from fishing, hunting, sailing, deep sea diving, sky diving, or exploring on his motorcycle. Eric loved every moment of his 33 years of life!
He worked hard to be able to play hard. He could run a machine, direct a crew, sail a boat, or build anything that you needed. Eric was a generous soul who would change his plans in a heart-beat to help out family or friends in need. He leaves behind many cousins, friends across the country and a legacy that will race on forever.
Eric was a beloved son to Ricky and Theresa “Teri” (Hewett) Valent of Whittemore; devoted brother of Cynthia and Stoffer Cowles of Lewiston; and the fun uncle of Carlene and Krista Cowles; devoted grandson to Viola Valent of Whittemore; nephew to Dan & Linda Valent of Whittemore, Richard & Donna Miracle of Whittemore, James & Gloria Hoffman of Sandusky, Gary & Judy Streeter of Missouri, Nancy Hewett of Whittemore.
Eric was preceded in death by grandparents, John Valent, Earl & Jennie Hewett; aunts, Karen Blanchard and Marlene Hewett; uncles Dave Hewett, Dick & Ann Hewett; cousins, Jason Pace and Ricky Voss.
Visitation for Eric will take place Monday, December 8, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at the Twining Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Home, 15 W. Maple Ridge Road and again on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be dispersed to the charity of choice at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at


To the Valent Family


Getting to know Eric was a
honor and a time far too
— Lynn Costea
Markie & I will deeply miss Eric. Markie loved spending time with Uncle Eric. He was a best friend to me, godfather and uncle to Markie. He was basically a brother of mine. Thinking of you Uncle Rico, Aunt Teri, Cyndi, Stoffer & girls!
— Lynn & Markie
I will never forget the time we shared and the memories you gave me!!! I will always love you and you will always hold a special place in my heart!!!
— Jessica hope
Eric was a awesome guy. Such a kind soul. I recently became close to Eric threw a mutual friend. I knew him my whole life but the past year we became good friends he always helped me with my car. Let me hunt his property. Whittemore will never be the same without ev. The races will never be the same. So sorry to all the valent family my heart goes out to all you. Love ya #11 I know he's up in heaven hanging with bedrock and trying to race dale earnhardt. God speed my friend I'll truly miss our nightly pool games thanks for teaching me a lot of stuff hunting fishing pool and how to enjoy life and see the better things in life. Love you till we meet again. I'll keep your family in my prayers.
— Jeffrey clark
Eric' s smile will never be forgotton. He was one of the kindest, generous souls we've ever known. Rest in peace and watch over your precious nieces as their guardian angel.
— Joe & Cheri Peterson
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Irene Reed
— Irene Reed
Words cannot express my sympathy to the family of Eric Valent
— marilyn Martin
my deepest condolences for the family of eric i have known his mom and dad for years, i grew up with his dad rick, we were both members of the whittemore slot car club many years ago REST IN PEACE ERIC GOD BLESS, the entire valent family
— gary collins sr.
Always looked up to my big cousin Eric. Always had a smiling face. He will be missed and loved by all, never forgotten. Never seen him with out getting a hug. :-)
— Caitlyn Robarts
I just recently was introduced to Eric from our mutual good friend Larry Britt. Eric was always laughing and joking. Such a sweet prayers go out to his family and friends!
— nicole vansumeren
Sending my love to all of you. Love you & will miss you Eric~
— Jennie Britt
Terri, Rick and Cindy
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you for your loss and the passing of Eric. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris and Stew Devereaux
— Stew & Chris Devereaux
All our love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment. May God hold your hand and pieces of your heart until you have the strength to mend. God Bless Eric.
— Dorothy Teuscher
So sorry for your family's loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all.
— Shelly Guoan
Race on in heaven young man. Many hearts are broken and this to shall pass. Be an angel and watch over your friends. God needed a young servants heart!
— anonymous
Eric always made me laugh.He will be missed
— wendy furst
So sorry for your loss Rico and Teri.Eric was taken way to soon R.I.P.Eric you will not be forgotten.
— Debbie Haulotte
Rick , "TERI" & Cynthia Sorry for you loss, "Eric was a swell guy" really got to know him around the horse shows . We are all going to miss him .My thoughts & prayers are with the family @ this time. (HUGS) May he R.I.P.
— Barb caverly
Sorry for your family loss
— Melissa Caverly
I am so sorry for your loss. My God be with you all. Everyone is so right about Eric always smiling and always got that beautiful hug not many people do that.He was one in a million and I will truly miss him.Love you Eric may you rest in peace and watch over the family.You will never be forgotten.
— Donna Roby
Teri rick and sorry to hear of this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— George McIlmurray
i would like to say iam so very sorry to the family for there loss.he will be deeply missed.what a great young man he was .drive that hot rod in heaven ERIC like you stoled it.GOD BLESS YOU ALL .
— terry johnson
We are absolutely shocked about this. Although we didn't know Eric very well, he was still my cousin. Rick and Teri if there is anything we can do, please let us know. We love you both.
— Pat and Jack Tackebury
My thoughts and prayers go to Rick, Teri, Cindy, viola and all of the family. Everytime I saw him I knew I would get a big hug and a smooch. He was so full of life, and he lived life to the fullest. May he rest in peace.

the fulles
— Dorothy Lehman
My thoughts and prayers go out to u in this time of sadness and liss. Eric will b missed by many.
— Meredith Oehring
My deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones for your tremendous loss.
— Michelle Langdon
Always will remember Eric on his pony and going fast! Sorry for your loss
— Cindy Zenser
We are so very sorry to learn of Eric's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
— Brendan and Shelley Byrne
Eric you will forever be in our hearts n minds you were a good man and a great friend. we were all truely blessed to have known you and got to meet you not a day goes by that you won't be missed. my deepest sympathy to the family.
— koelette cloum
Rick and Terri we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
— Randy & Diana McQuiston
My deepest sympathy goes out to ericks family. just know that eric has found his way home to our true father and is watching over us now. I'm sure him n ricky our together now talking about the good old days smiling down on us now. we love you eric n will forever miss you.
— a dear friend
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Eric R.I.P. you crazy S.O.B.
— lee sheehan
How time goes by so quickly. You will be missed. Thanks for being a friend. Prayers go out for your family.
— Dan Miller
We share in your loss, and keep you in our prayers. Our thoughts go out to each of you during such a difficult time.
Sharon, Sharri, Tammy, Dawn, Kim
— Pete Isaac`s Ladies
Our Deepest Sympathy to Erics family. We only knew Eric watching him race at the speedway. So sad, very sorry for your loss.
— Ken & Sandy Strobel
always fun, when eric was around. the life of any party. his smile lit up a room. will miss you. thoughts and prayers to all his family. love!
— guy & theresa bonnell
good bye my friend...ill never forget the fun we had hanging out
— Gail Bennett (Nuveman)
Although our time together was short, what a blast. Don't you and Pete be up there disrupting things.
— Ben Harris
Eric I can still remember like it was yesterday at the hale fair as kids I jumped ur bike and broke the back rim and everytime we ever ran into each other with a bid smile ud ask "weres my rim " followed by a big hug u will always be in my heart tell jason I said what's up
— John Miller
U will be missed
— John Miller
I enjoyed Erics company at all the events that we all remember. When he was there and he would help anyone that would request a favor! he was a big help to me helping me do all the setup of the stage and moving equipment with me. And I would not ever have to ask, he was just a pleasant person and would help anyone we will always remember Eric.
— Bj & Gail Colvin
I am a good friend of the Jones family and met Eric and his family, so sorry for your loss. You all are tryly wonderful people..
— Susie
You hold a spot in my husband's heart, like a son that he always wanted. when I think of Eric I will always see that smile. Fly with the angels Eric, you are one of the best.
— Ron and Sharon VanHorn
The last weekend of deer season Eric you left a lasting and memorable impression on my son and Wyatt and myself your were the most genouruos person I ever met and being able to return the favor and take you to your first Detroit Red Wing game made me happy to see the joy in your eyes when they scored there first goal made me happy to see you and Larry so happy .I'll never forget nor will my wife when you said it probably will be the last time you will ever see the wings again makes us think you made your peace with god already I'm sure going to miss you brother may you rest in peace
— randy chavez
thinking and sending prayers to you Rick, Teri,Cindy and Viola
— carol webb
Rick my prayers are with you.
Eric was a good 4H competitor and I enjoyed his barrel racing while I judged 4H.
— Tom Smith
Our deepest condolences to the Valent family..
— Ken & Lesley Britt
Ricky John and family... So very sorry to hear of your loss,,,my heart goes out to all of you...May you all find peace and comfort in your memories of him...Hugs to you Rick and Viola....May he rest in peace.
Rick and Teri. We only got to meet Eric for a short time before our class reunion. Deb and I both remarked that he seemed like a very nice young man. We are truly sorry for your loss. It is times like these when we wish we were closer to home.
— randy and debby carpenter
I didn't know you Eric but by everything I have seen you must have been a great young man. R.I.P. SWEETHEART. May God be with your family & friends. Linda (Muse Florida)
— Linda Butts
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Eric was such a friendly person with his big smile that I think God just wanted him by his side. God be with you all. Love, Julie and Farmer
— Julie Bellor

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