Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Eric J. Hewitt, age 50, entered eternal life surrounded by family on March 13, 2020, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND, after a 3-year battle with ALS.
Eric Jerome Hewitt was born October 26, 1969, to Jeffrey and Sharon (Puterbaugh) Hewitt in New Rockford, ND. He attended school in Carrington and graduated in 1988. He attended NDSU for one quarter before transferring to VCSU to pursue a degree in elementary education and a minor in coaching. He came home to substitute for a year and half before beginning his teaching career in Carrington Public Schools as a seventh grade science and geography teacher.
He was united in marriage to Brenda Rodacker in 1997, and they welcomed a son, Braxton, into their union. In 2004, he married Kristen Schumann, and they welcomed a daughter, Calleigh to their family. Eric made a career change in 2012, becoming a 50% partner in Central Distributing. His outgoing personality allowed him to enjoy his relationships with customers over the years and counted many of them as friends.
As a life-long Carrington resident, Eric took great pride in his hometown. He served on the park board, the board of the Federated Church, and was a founding member of the baseball club.
Throughout his life, one of Eric’s passions was sports. He was involved in them throughout his youth and was an avid New York Yankees and NDSU football fan. In his high school years, he was a member of the 1988 state class B championship wrestling team, finishing fourth individually at 135 pounds. He was also a member of the 1986 state championship and 1987 runner-up legion baseball teams. As an adult, he coached various sports, among them junior high football, varsity and junior high wrestling, all levels of summer league youth baseball, and JV volleyball. He was the assistant coach of the state championship 1994 and 1995 CHS wrestling teams. One of his greatest joys was a 25-year run as a baseball umpire for high school and college levels and watching the success of the Carrington High School and American Legion teams. Another position that gave him much joy was his radio broadcasting for CHS sports and announcing for the state wrestling tournaments. He also enjoyed his 28 years of softball, including a trip to the national tournament in 2003, playing on a team with his three brothers and many friends.
A second passion of Eric’s was travel. He traveled to all the major league baseball parks in his adult life, excluding the new Mets stadium, and followed his beloved Bison around the country. Along the way, there were many side trips, road trips, detours, and life experiences with both friends and family. The memories of these trips were one of his most treasured memories.
Eric is survived by his wife, Kristen; his children, Braxton and Calleigh; his mother, Sharon; his brothers Kent (Cindy) Hewitt, Shawn (Donal) Hewitt, and Kyle (Kristy) Hewitt; fourteen nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey Hewitt; his grandparents Leslie and Ethel Hewitt, Abram Puterbaugh, and George and Dorothy Semmens; and many aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the ALS Association of MN/ND, the Federated Church of Carrington, Carrington Pit Crew Wrestling, or DPRCA in New Rockford.
Visitation will be Monday, 12:00PM-5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington and continue from 6:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM at the Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 10:30AM at the Federated Church UCC/UMC, Carrington, ND.
Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.
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Our thoughts and prayers 🙏 for you and your family, great guy, so glad he was and will be a part of my life.
RIP my friend! May God grant all of you his peace! Our love
Our prayers and thoughts to the Hewitt family
My condolences to Eric’s family, children, and friends. I met Eric at the Fargo-Moorhead ALS support group meetings. At the meetings, Eric exuded an energy for life and a fondness for sports and travel. Though hearts are heavy now with his passing, he is in the most loving hands of God now.
Prayers to Eric’s family, my thoughts are with you. And to my friend and classmate Kyle I’m very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Eric
Our prayers are with all of you. May the Lord bring you peace in the coming days and comfort to your hearts.
The Sundby Family
Going to miss you. RIP my friend
Thoughts and prayers to the family ! Eric was a huge part of our life thru out his T-Ball thru Legion baseball years.His winning attitude and always present smile will be forever remembered !
My sympathies to Eric’s family. I always enjoyed my visits with him when he did KDAK wrestling announcing and I did tv video and also latter when he delivered our water. He coached Jordan in wrestling and taught both my children (and yes they both had to write sentences 😊) He was a huge asset to the Carrington community and will be missed by many.
🙏🏼🙏🏼 from AZ
Rest in peace my dear boy. I have always loved you dearly. As much as I will miss you I could never wish you back to this world you embraced with such courage. Much love til we meet again. Prayers to all your family.
My deepest sympathy to the entire Hewitt family.
RIP Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.
Eric and I umpped baseball together for years. We umpped, the Carrington region and also played softball together and against each other. He was a great umpire, who was fair and consistent. I learned a lot from him because he was so knowledgeable. As a competitor, he wanted to win so much, that he would do everything and anything to win. He was so competitive, that was what I liked about him and it’s why he and I teamed up on the same team and definitely won our share of games. But I will miss Eric’s friendship the most. He was a great guy and friend. RIP Eric. Love ya, Jay and family.
RIP my Bison friend. I will miss not seeing at the games and your surprise phone calls and texts.
Kyle I am so sorry for your loss…Eric was one of the best! May you find peace in knowing he struggles no more and may God bless you all. Karmen Homes Sandberg, daughter of Steve and Kate Homes
Rest in Peace my friend- you have earned it! Our deepest sympathy to Kristen, Calleigh and Braxton, and the rest of Eric’s family. He was a great guy and will be deeply missed.
I loved having Mr. Hewitt as science and geography teacher. He taught me so much about the world and traveling. It’s something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
I am a friend of Eric’s through the AL S support group in Fargo. I am so happy to have known him. Eric brought a lot of laughter to our group and we enjoyed listening to all of his travels and sports events experiences. I am sending my deepest condolences to his wife and children and extended family. I am am at joy that he is now in his eternal home and at peace.
My sympathies and prayers to Eric’s family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Eric was my wrestling coach and he genuinely cared about all of us beyond wrestling. You will be missed Eric.
May God look with favor and grant Eric eternal peace. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Eric’s family. He was a great teacher, coach and friend. His family is in my prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hewitt family. Eric played baseball for VCSU in 1990 and will be missed by his Viking family. VIKING PRIDE!!
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Eric. We send our prayers and
hope that your good times come out and bring smiles and laughter from
today and forever.
and daughters and families
Sheila, Dianne, Gail and Pamela
Condolences to the Hewitt family. Eric was a great guy and a big part of the Cardinal sports world for decades. As a big Red Sox and UND fan myself, we had some good smack talk but always in good fun. Rest easy Eric.
I knew Eric from our days at VCSU. Sending my condolences.
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Hewitt family. So sorry for your loss.
RIP Eric, My deepest sympathy to the Hewitt family.
FOREVER MISSED FOREVER LOVED
So sorry to see Eric passed away. Hopefully he is at peace, our sympathies to all. We will miss seeing him at the Bison games!
Our brother, Rodney Jaeger, will be waiting with open arms to welcome one of his very special friends when Eric enters into heaven. Eric made Rod’s life so full with his friendship, time spent taking him to Bison games and always remembering him when broadcasting wrestling meets. Thank you to Eric’s family for so generously sharing his time, compassion and enthusiasm for life that he gave to the school and community.
Dear Hewitt Family, I’m sending my heartfelt condolences for the loss of a very special man. I visited him just once, but was so very impressed by his amazing attitude and wonderful smile. Even after one visit, I feel I’ve lost a friend–your loss is great. Praying for your family for God’s healing and comfort.
So sorry for your passing. It was an honor last year to be inducted into the ND State Wrestling Hall of Fame with you. Rest in peace-you will never be forgotten-
My thoughts are with Eric’s family. It is so painful to lose someone, yet no one else can really know all that you feel except our Heavenly Father. He knows and feels your pain. He calls death an enemy and promises to remove it forever, Isaiah 25:8 “And he will swallow up death forever…” He also promised to wake up all our loved ones, in the memorial tombs, from death (Isaiah 26:19). What joy it will be to see our loved ones again and to enjoy life as our Creator purposed (Psalms 145:16). I hope these words give all of you comfort.
Kristen, prayers and hugs to you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers for the Hewitt family. Eric will be missed by all. RIP Eric.
The best teacher and coach in the whole world! you will be dearly missed mr. Hewitt ! We know your smiling down on everyone from heaven !
I only met Eric once in a chance encounter at the McCloud Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. My wife had a pre-game event and as we were leaving on our way to the UNIDome I ran into this guy and his son with an NDSU Jersey on. I asked him where he was from to which he said from a small town in North Dakota that I wouldn’t know. I said try me. He said Carrington to which I said that I was from Carrington too. He asked me who I was after which he described me to his son and some wrestling hero from the 70’s. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We lost a great one when God took him to heaven way too soon.