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Maynard Herman Probst

September 7, 1932 - February 21, 2020


Maynard Herman Probst, 87, of Keizer, Ore., died at home Feb. 21, 2020.

He was born in Austin, Minn., to Herman and Emma Probst and moved to Vancouver, Wash., when he was 12.

He graduated from Concordia High School and studied ministry at Concordia College in Portland. Maynard spent 23 years in the tire business in Oregon and Washington as a salesman and store owner. He met his wife when they were both working for the Goodyear Tire district office in Portland. They then moved to Alaska before their first anniversary. He worked as an operator for Unocal in the ammonia/urea plant in Kenai and also worked for Sohio BP at Prudhoe Bay on the Alaska Pipeline. They returned to Oregon where he worked for Roth’s Fresh Markets for 19 years as a checker and head bookkeeper before retiring in 2009.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon; daughters Kristel Ryan Holveck and Melissa Erik Hargrove. He is also survived by his children from a prior marriage, Maynard Probst Jr, Mark Probst and Melba Alban; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Woodrow, and sister, Lavonne; and is survived by his brother, Duane.

Maynard’s hobbies included golf, bowling and fishing. He also belonged to the Pendleton Main Street Cowboys and was a deputy sheriff for Thurston County, Wash. He was involved with Boy Scouts and Little League and was a long time member of the Elks.

He enjoyed traveling and went on many trips with his wife to Hawaii, cruises to the Caribbean, and camping in the Northwest, often times bringing along their two grandsons.

He was always there to support Kristel and Melissa at their horse shows, FFA and 4H events, and school activities and trips when he was younger. He always worked hard, and instilled this work ethic in them.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for their exceptional care during the last two weeks of his life. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Maynard was a regular attender at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Ore. A Celebration of Life will be held at Dayspring at a later date.

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