Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:41

Funeral Mass celebrated for father of Father Probst

EFFINGHAM — Raymond A. “Bud” Probst, of Effingham, the father of Father R. Dean Probst of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on Dec. 7, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. He was 95 years old.

Raymond was born on March 31, 1925, in Island Grove, the son of Leo and Helen (Verdeyen) Probst. He married Gertrude M. Bloemer on July 12, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1992.

Mr. Probst was a former member and trustee of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dieterich, and a current member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham. He was a 4th Degree member of the Effingham Knights of Columbus #665. He was the owner of Probst Electric and Plumbing in Dieterich until 1986. At that time, he became the plumbing and electrical inspector for the City of Effingham until he retired in 1994. He volunteered many hours of his time at the Cross at the Crossroads and at Right to Life breakfasts. He also was a past volunteer firefighter in Dieterich. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and dancing.

Bud Probst is survived by his children: Barbara (Dr. Edward) Hoppin of Mattoon, Joyce (Sam, deceased) Barnhart of Effingham, Father Probst of Newton, Jeanne (Dan) Cunningham of Mattoon, and Douglas (Dawn) Probst of Collinsville; grandchildren: J. Scott (Rhonda) Hoppin, Pete (Christina) Hoppin, Kim Barnhart, Jay (Mary) Cunningham, Amy (Nick) Webb, Craig (Rachael) Cunningham, and Brian Probst; great-grandchildren: Sophia Hoppin, Lyla, Kai and Reese Cunningham, Jackson and Owen Webb, and Griffin and Max Cunningham; sister, Regina Figuora; and sisters-in-law, Marge Probst and Gustie Unkraut.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 45 years, Gertrude; grandson, Douglas Price Hoppin; son-in-law, Sam Barnhart; siblings, Anna Marie (Allie) Lidy, Marcella (Robert) Niebrugge, and Louis Probst; and brother-in-law, Frank Figuora.

A family Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham. Burial was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Effingham. Arrangements were in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham.

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School in Effingham, St. Thomas School in Newton, or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at