In Memory of Charles Dudley Probst
June 5, 1930 - September 4, 2022
Charles Dudley Probst, 92, of New Braunfels finished his journey on Earth on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at Eden Hill Communities. He was born June 5, 1930, in Kerrville, Texas to Rev. Walter C. and Selma Adele Pfluger Probst.
He graduated from Tivy High School (Kerrville), attended Schreiner Institute, and graduated from Texas Lutheran College (Seguin) in 1949 and from Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA) in 1955.
Charles married Helen Vernell Steinbring on Tuesday, June 16, 1953, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin. They were married for 69 years and dated each other for 4 years before that. A lifetime of service followed, influencing the lives of many through his ministry and the way he lived. He served three mission congregations – Trinity Lutheran (Sherman, TX), Christ the King Lutheran (Kenner, LA), and Mt. Hope Lutheran (El Paso, TX) - with the Bible in one hand and a hammer in the other. His final and longest tenure was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baytown, TX (1970 – 1989) including a preaching point at Trinity Lutheran (Liberty, TX). He and Helen retired from parish ministry in 1989 to New Braunfels, TX where he served as chaplain at Eden Home (now Eden Hill Communities) and worked on remodeling Helen’s family (late 1800s) homestead, still following the same calling of a Bible in one hand and hammer in the other.
Charles was a friend to many, always ready with an infectious smile and wit, a word of encouragement, and the time to listen and pray. He will truly be missed by many and remembered by all.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joyce Friedrich, and sister-in-law Sue Steinbring.
Survivors include his wife Helen and four children: Mark Probst (Marcy), M’Liss Brockman (Rusty), Mike Probst (Diane), and M’Rique Probst; brother Rev. Walter Probst, Jr (Marilyn), brothers-in-law Major Friedrich and Ed Steinbring, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.
Visitation with Helen and the family will be Saturday, September 10th, at Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
His Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m.
Following the Celebration, a Reception will be held at the church for approximately one hour followed by a private Graveside Service with the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wartburg Seminary Charles D. and Helen V. Probst Scholarship Fund, Texas Lutheran University Charles D. and Helen V. Probst Scholarship Fund, or Hope Hospice (New Braunfels).
We remember Charles Probst's family in our prayers and trust that the promise of the Resurrection is true and sure.
Bishop Sue Briner