Samuel James “Jim” Probyn was born July 4, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the third of four children born to Elizabeth (Engel) Probyn and Wilfred Probyn. At age 15, his family moved to rural Livonia, Michigan and Jim enjoyed working at a horse rental stable and playing donkey basketball in high school. Following graduation, he spent four years at Laurance Tech College. Following graduation, he was hired by Sunbeam Corporation as a sales rep and traveled throughout the US in this position. He married Helen Fry in 1956 and they had one child, Joy Ann. They eventually settled in Colorado until their marriage ended seven years later. During the early stages of Vietnam Conflict, he worked for a civilian contractor with the US Government. He received injuries and while recuperating in the hospital, he met his future wife, Ginger, and they settled in Texas where he established his own business “Quick Copy”.
When their business sold, Jim and his wife parted and after a few years, he moved to Hayward, Wisconsin to live with his sister. He was a great help to her and they enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and friends.
Jim was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and made many new friends. He sustained a severe head injury from a fall and lived at Water’s Edge Care Center under the tender care of staff, especially Erica Kosterman and Denise Rogers and so many other nursing home staff until his gentle passing on August 27, 2021 at the age of 86.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Phyllis Manar, brother, Donald and his daughter, Joy Ann.
Jim is survived by his sister, Sharron, granddaughter, Rebecca (Daniel) Rodriguez, great granddaughter, Laura Grace Rodriguez, age 7, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins across the country.
Service will be held at First Lutheran Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 with Pastor Joel Bacon officiating. A light lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Burial will be at a later date in Hayward, Wisconsin.
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