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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Vance Edgar Probst

May 15, 1955January 7, 2020
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COLUMBIA – Vance E. Probst, 64, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Vance was born May 15, 1955 to the late Edgar and Josephine Harrell Probst in Visalia, California. Vance grew up on his family farm in Farmersville, California. He graduated 8th grade from Outside Creek Elementary School in a class of 13 students. He went on to Exeter High School and College of the Sequoias where he enjoyed playing basketball. He learned drafting while in college and worked for over 40 years in steel construction, manufacturing, and engineering. For the past 27 years he has worked for Thermal Engineering in Columbia, South Carolina.

He was a wonderful home chef and shared his love for his family through many great meals and fun memories. He was a long-time member of the Tuesday Night Mixed bowling league and enjoyed many lasting friendships.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Probst; his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Dorsey; grandchildren, William Greer, Anastasia Elson, Jacqueline Dorsey, Vada Heath, Tanis Dorsey, Victoria Dorsey; his sister, Sharline Kelley, his brother, Vincent Probst; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or to the charity of your choice.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Monday, January 13, 2020

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Deidra Probst Doyle

January 12, 2020

(1 of 2) I always looked up to my cousin Vance. I had to, he was that tall. Growing up, I liked him because he was a good guy and he had the same last name as me. PROBST. Not an easy name to say or spell. It needs a couple more vowels. There’s not too many people out there named Probst, so Vance and I faced the world with our uncommon last name in common.
We also had in common our childhood memories of family dinners at Grandpa and Grandma Probst’s farm in Visalia, California. The whole Probst family would get together for holiday and birthday celebrations. In a small farmhouse full of larger than life people, I think Vance found his younger cousins like me slightly annoying. We were a bunch of happy, noisy little kids laughing, shouting, running through the house, slamming the screen door on our way outside to feed the pigs, chase the chickens or ride with Grandpa on the tractor. Even Pepe the poodle, pink bows in his hair, was slightly annoyed with us.
Vance, eight years older than me, had grown too old to join us in a game of Hide and Go Seek, or walk down to the barn and lick the cow’s salt block, or participate in our seance where we tried to coax the spirits into levitating cousin John. (The spirits refused to cooperate.)
One time as a teenager I asked Vance how tall he was.
“Five foot sixteen” he replied, slightly annoyed. Being blonde, I couldn’t do the math fast enough to figure out how tall he was. The confused look on my face made him laugh.
When Vance, Vince and Sharline lost their dad, Edgar, it seemed an insurmountable loss no one could be expected to recover from. How they and their mom, Josephine, picked up the pieces of their shattered lives and successfully moved forward was a testament to their resilience as a family.

Deidra Probst Doyle

January 12, 2020

(2 of 2) Vance deserved a great deal of respect, empathy, and acknowledgment for all of the sacrifices he made to care for Josephine as her health declined. Caring for an aging parent with limitations is overwhelmingly stressful, burdensome, and demanding. The chronic stress takes a toll emotionally and physically on the caregiver. For Vance, it was a labor of love.
Speaking of love, I believe the greatest blessing and happiness in Vance’s life was that he found his perfect partner, soulmate, and best friend in his wife, Nancy. A good man like Vance deserved to have the best wife, and he did.
The world needs more good men like Vance. They don’t have to be five foot sixteen (and more!) like him, but they must be men of the same outstanding character.
For it is not what he has or even what he does that is the worth of a man, but what he is.
The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius told his troops, “Stop arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
Vance Probst was a good man I will always look up to.

Michael Kelley

January 10, 2020

As his brother in law, I remember how intimidated I was the first time I met him. He turned out to be the older brother I never had. He along with his mother taught me the ins and outs of a sports book. I will and have missed the time together with Vance and Nancy playing cards. I will miss his guidance and wisdom. Rest in peace my brother.

Gabriele April

January 10, 2020

Vance has been my bowling teammate for many years . We have had lots of fun many Tuesday nights! The “Knuckleheads “ will miss him dearly! He was a decent and kind person.

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