A.J. Probst joined the Lord in his heavenly home on May 18, 2011. A.J., son of Adolph Julius and Bertha Pauline Probst, was born in Roosevelt, Texas on February 12, 1926. At the age of 5, his family moved to a ranch in the Long Mountain Community in Mason County which is still owned and operated by A.J. and family.A.J. attended school at the Long Mountain School beginning his education only speaking German. He quickly learned English as his primary language. He and his two sisters rode horses to school, about five miles each way. A.J. helped his father and mother on their ranch and farm at Long Mountain, proudly raising Angora goats, Angus Beef cattle, and Spotted and Poland China pigs. A.J. was involved in 4-H having spent most of his educational years raising animals for stock shows. At the age of 13, he began showing his animals in the Fort Worth-Dallas, and Houston shows. He was especially delighted to drive himself to these venues. At the shows, A.J. learned to stretch a bowl of chili to last a few days and he took on extra tasks at the shows to pay for his suppers. A.J. passed on his love for raising and showing livestock to his children and grandchildren. The involvement in shows made for many laughs, achievements, and a few disappointments as well. A.J. entered WWII in the Infantry Company G-311 regiment, 78th Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on 11 April 1945 in the vicinity of Gunnersbach, Germany. He also held the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, ETO ribbon with two bronze service stars, and the Unit Citation. Ranked as Sergeant, his Honorable Discharge was in 1946. A.J. carried his Bible in his pocket, which was provided by the Martha’s Society, the women’s group of St. Paul Lutheran Church. A.J. always commented that he entered the Army as a teenager and left the Army as a teenager; his youth did not deter his courage and bravery.On February 23, 1952, A.J. married his lovely wife Lou Etta Martin. A.J. and Lou Etta lived most of their years at Camp San Saba in McCulloch County. A.J. was the foreman for the Harold Schmidt Ranch and Peanut Farms. Later, A.J. and Lou Etta and his son Mike and wife Gayle purchased farm and ranch land from Probst relatives in the Camp Air area where they for many years primarily raised peanuts, Angus cattle, Boer goats, Angora goats, and Spotted pigs. This land is the original home place settled by A.J.’s grandparents who came from Germany and has been in the Probst family for over 100 years.A.J. was baptized, confirmed, and married in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason, Texas. A.J. was active in St. Paul serving as a council member, usher, member of the Lutheran Brotherhood, and other committees at church. A.J. was faithful in attendance and to his calling as a Christian man. Survivors include his wife, Lou Etta Probst, four children, Jerry Probst and wife Jaci, Michael Probst and wife Gayle, Julie Vines and husband Jim, and Deborah Probst. He is also survived by grandchildren Blair Probst and fiancé Mike Porter, Kayla Land and husband Kelcey, and Abby and Keely Probst, and great grandson Noah Turner Probst and great granddaughter Makenzie Porter.Other survivors include his sisters, Anna Polk and Flora Haines. He has three surviving sister-in-laws, Rosie Sanchez and husband Robert, Lavonne Walthall and husband Dewey, Geraldine Moran and husband Mike, and two brothers-in-law, Howard Martin and wife Beatrice and Dewayne Martin and wife, Carolyn. A.J. had many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.A.J. was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph Julius and Bertha Probst, and granddaughter, Brittany Lynn Vines who A.J. will certainly be holding and playing with as they meet in Heaven. Four brother-in-laws Willie Martin, Dan Martin, Wilkes Polk, and Raymond Haines and three sister-in-laws Rita Faye Martin, Martha Martin, and Joyce Smith, also preceded him in death. Visitation with the family was Friday, May 20, 2011 from 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on May 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial followed at Camp San Saba Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Haines, David Kitchens, Rodney Fleming, Steve Gamel, Kinley Sorrells, Robin Klingelhefer, Holt Carson, Chad Carson, and Kris Eckert. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Eckert, Milton Eckert, R.C. Zesch, Jessie Vermillion, Mark Lehmberg, Clinton Bishop, and Kirby Groves.A special thanks from the family to A.J.’s caregivers, Chrissy Howle, Mary Muniz, and Lydia Munoz; Hospice of San Angelo including Aimee Taliaferro, Mary Camarillo, Kelly Brooks, Susie Tripp, and Nancy York; also to Brady Health Care Services and McCulloch County EMS. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hospice of San Angelo, or the Pediatric Cardiology Department at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.