Former Durango resident, Harvey Elmer Probst, 93, died peacefully Tuesday, April 1, at his home in Flora Vista.
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Mr. Probst was born in Flora Vista to Albert and Emma Probst, Jan. 28, 1921. His father died of pneumonia when he was 12 and in 8th grade. Harvey quit school at that time and got a job working on the Smith farm in order to help his mother provide for his younger brothers Robert and Albert and sister Evelyn. The family later lived in Waterflow. His three siblings all graduated from high school in New Mexico. In the 1960's, Harvey passed the GED test.
All three of the Probst boys went into the service in World War II. Robert was in the U.S. Army in New Guinea where he lost his life and was buried. Albert was in the U.S. Navy. He died in 2009 and is buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Farmington. Harvey was in the U.S. Army, serving as a medic in the European Theatre.
After he was discharged, Harvey went back to New Mexico for a short time and then moved to Silverton, Colo. He spent nine years there working in the mines. In 1953, he married Margaret Jane Savich of Silverton. In 1957, the Probsts moved to Durango, Colo., where Harvey worked at the Vanadium Corporation plant until the mill closed down in 1963. Mr. Probst was later employed at Fort Lewis College as an equipment operator for 22 years until he retired in 1987.
Harvey liked to go fishing with friends and family, was interested in automobiles, and nurtured a vegetable garden every summer since his childhood. Approximately 20 years ago, Harvey moved back to New Mexico, living in Bloomfield and Flora Vista. For the last several years, he has enjoyed going to the Aztec Senior-Community Center where he could visit with friends and play pool.
Mr. Probst is survived by his sister Evelyn Smouse of Bloomfield; daughter Nancy Andrews and son Tom Probst, both of Durango, Colo.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation will occur. A luncheon to honor his memory will be held at a future date.
Harvey's care was entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
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Published in Farmington Daily Times on Apr. 8, 2014