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Jay Valant

Jay N. Valant, of Richmond, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 1, at his residence.
   He was born on June 6, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey to Joseph and Irene Jenny Valant. Jay grew up in New Jersey with his brothers Laurence and Edwin. He was a 1956 graduate of Lehigh University, and an officer of the US Army. His professional career began at Chrysler in Detroit, MI where he met his bride Rosie. They later came to Richmond through employment with Avco Corp. Jay was a small business owner as well as Controller for Bertsch and Company in Cambridge City and CEO at Lakeland Foods, Lake Odessa , MI. His faith in Jesus Christ included membership with Central United Methodist Church in Richmond as well as the local Men’s Bible Study Fellowship. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing as a member of Elks Country Club and later at Highland Lake Golf Course. His volunteer work included committee member to the Richmond Parks and Recreation Dept., reporting to the mayor, as well as youth baseball and basketball coaching  
   Jay will be missed by his wife of 57 years, Rosemary “Rosie” Neal Valant, whom he married on November 8, 1958; two sons, Laurence “Larry” N. Valant and Anthony “Tony” J. Valant and his wife, Erin; three grandchildren, Eric L. Valant and his wife, Natalie; Paula M. Valant, husband Tobias and Sophia I. Valant; great-grandchildren, Benjamin A. Valant and Macey G. Valant; and Jay’s brothers, Laurence B.  and Edwin “Ted” Valant.
   Interment will take place in Webster Cemetery. A memorial service is yet undetermined.
   For your thoughtful and heartfelt offerings, we ask that in lieu of flowers, that your memorial contributions be sent to Rock Solid Ministries, PO Box 2606, 1024 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Please be sure to write “Jay Valant” on the envelope.

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Prayers and Hugs to all of the Valant Family, Jay is very much missed and always will be.

Alice Elmore Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM

Jay thank you for your friendship... I learned a lot.

David Lydick Oct 14 2016 12:00 AM

Ms. Rose, Tony and Larry , I know God is covering you with strength, love, peace, mercy and grace. Sorry to hear of your loss. It still is hard to let go of a loved one. What a legacy he has left to be carried on by you. But what God does best is gives us treasures to put the great memories deep into our hearts to give us encouragement, hope and remembrance of how special God's love is. I will continue to pray for healing and peace.  God Bless you all.

Kim Whalen Oct 10 2016 12:00 AM

Rosie, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time. My prayers are with you all. I'll never forget your kindness when we moved from Chester. You made us really feel welcome at central.

Nellie Cheek Oct 9 2016 12:00 AM

Tony/Larry,  so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father.   He was a great man who raised two fine sons.    He was proud of you both.  Sandy and I offer our heartfelt condolences and your family will be in our prayers.

Pete and Sandy Atkins Oct 9 2016 12:00 AM

Valant Family,

I remember Jay fondly growing up with Larry and Tony.  Our prayers go out to your entire family.  Words cannot express the loss you must feel I know, but I pray for you to look at the fond memories over the years.

God Bless

Mike and Darlene Herron

Mike Herron Oct 8 2016 12:00 AM

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