Lawrence F. "Larry" Probst Jr. (1925 - 2014)

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Lawrence (Larry) Francis Probst Jr., 88, of The Woodlands, TX passed away on September 26, 2014. He was born on October 4th, 1925 in Lock Haven, PA. Larry graduated from Malvern Preparatory in 1943 and received his degree in Chemical Engineering from VillanovaUniversity in 1950.

Larry served in the 86th "Blackhawk" infantry division in WWII. His division captured record numbers of Nazi soldiers, liberated the Attendorn labor camp, freed over 200,000 Allied POWs, and recovered the Crown Jewels of Hungary. In August of 1945, Larry's division was redeployed to the Pacific Theater, where he guarded Japanese prisoners of war on CorregidorIsland.

Larry married Ruthie (nee Gallagher 1925-2007), his childhood sweetheart, on June 7th 1949. They moved to Philadelphia, Pa while Larry finished his last year at college. In 1950 he was hired by Betz Laboratories where he began a 40 year career with the company.

In 1978, Larry moved to The Woodlands to open Betz Process Chemicals, a subsidiary of Betz Labs. Larry was Chairman & President of Betz Process Chemicals as well as Chairman & President of Betz Energy California. He served on the Board of Directors of Betz Labs and its subsidiaries; Betz Canada, Betz Mexico, Betz International, Betz Entec; and InterBio. Larry served as President of the Cooling Tower Institute in the mid 1970's and was an active participant in the National Petroleum Refiners Association.

An avid golfer, Larry served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Golf Association and was on the Board of Directors at Carlton Woods Country Club. Larry also served on the Boards of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands National Bank and served as Finance Chair of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church for over three decades.

Larry is survived by his four children and their spouses; Lawrence F. Probst III and wife Nancy, Thomas Probst and wife Sue, Michael Probst and wife Sue, Regina Allen and husband Chris; grandchildren Lawrence IV, Scott Probst, Jonathan Probst and wife Alexa, James Probst and wife Jessica, Kelly Probst, Michael Allen, and Elissa Allen; and great-grandchild Ellis Thomas Probst.

Wake service will be held at Forest Park, The Woodlands at 5:30 PM Thursday, October 2nd. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on October 3rd at 11:00 AM at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. A reception will be held after the service in the Domec Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Vincent de Paul Society of Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Parish and The First Tee of Greater Houston.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Larry's devoted friend Ardis Anderson, the family of parishioners at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church, the loving team of caregivers from SETX HomeCare who supported Dad in his final months, and Rose of Texas Hospice.


Published on from Sept. 29 to Oct. 12, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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