Mr. Vallet is pre-deceased by his wife, Margaret Kulcak Vallet, and his parents, Astor and Tonnie Vallet. He is survived by his daughter, Rita Carol Vallet of Houston; his brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Ruth Ellen Vallet of Richmond; a brother-in-law, Jerome Kulcak of Rosenberg; and a sister-in-law, Olga Marie Kulcak of Rosenberg; along with many nieces and nephews.
Ervin was born March 18, 1923 in Needville, Texas to Astor and Tonnie Reeh Vallet. He grew up on his family’s ranch and was a farmer and rancher in Needville and the surrounding community his entire life. Ervin attended grade school at Foster School in Needville and later attended high school in Rosenberg and graduated from Rosenberg High School in 1943.
He attended Texas A & M University for one semester and was in the Aggie Corps. He left the university to go and work on his parent’s farm in Needville. He was a roughneck in Oklahoma as a young man working in the oil fields for several months. Ervin met Margaret Kulcak in Needville and they were married in 1948. They moved to Rosenberg in 1948 and lived there for the duration of their lives.
Ervin then went to work as a production clerk for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, TX from 1948 until 1968. After leaving Dow he devoted the rest of his working life to farming and ranching and was a well known member of the ranching community in Fort Bend County.
Always interested in politics and wanting to make a difference in Rosenberg, he ran for City Council and served several years as a Rosenberg City Councilman.
He was a fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge in Rosenberg and was honored to be a Mason.
Ervin’s hobbies were gun collecting and reading and gaining knowledge about firearms of every kind. He was also avidly interested in airplanes, aviation history and flying.
He was well versed in the history of Rosenberg/Richmond and could trace his family’s heritage back to the first settlers of Stephen F. Austin’s colony in Texas. He enjoyed extensively discussing these subjects with anyone whose ear he could bend.
He rode horses starting at age 5 and continued his entire life to ride until his early eighties. He retired from ranching at age 83.
He will be greatly missed by his daughter, his extended family and his friends who he would entertain for hours with stories of the history of farm and ranch life in Fort Bend County, stretching from the mid nineteen twenties to the present day.
Flowers may be sent to Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg, Texas or the family asks that contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the Nature Conservancy.
Words of condolence may be left for the Vallet family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1416 George Street in Rosenberg with Father William D. Bartniski officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2012 in the State Room of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg.