Leon R. Probasco, 72


Leon Robert Probasco, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. He was born in Council Bluffs on May 25, 1950, to parents Nadean Jones and Robert Probasco. He was raised on a farm near Dunlap. He graduated from Dunlap High School and from Graceland University in Lamoni. Leon married Kristy Jochims and to this union three daughters were born. The family made their home in Kansas City. He received his masters degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He was a longtime psychotherapist in the Kansas City area, serving those in need of mental health services. He was a gentle listener and sounding board for his clients and their families. To his friends and family, Leon was always around for a laugh, words of encouragement and a big embrace. He will be missed dearly by his Graceland friends the Ya-Yas and the Yo-Yos. 

Leon made lasting memories camping in the hills of Iowa, starting Beatles sing-a-longs, playing with his grandchildren, advocating for the environment, and exploring new ways to help others. Leon was an avid climate activist and encourages everyone to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Nadean and Robert; and his sister, Karla. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kristy Probasco; brother, Tom Probasco; three daughters, Laura Probasco Johnson, Leah Probasco Burns and Sara Probasco Vivoda; his six grandsons, Braxton, Grayson, Jameson, Oliver, Pryor, Nico, and babies to be born; and many other relatives and friends.

Kris, Tom, Laura, Leah and Sara would like to thank the staff at KU Med and Evergreen Hospice for their incredible care and comfort during Leon's last days.

Memorial service will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. at Community of Christ Church in Dow City, followed by burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap. Family will be hosting a gathering at Cottonwood Event Center in Dunlap following the committal service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Boyer Valley Wellness Center in Dunlap, Graceland University Alumni Association, Lewy Body Dementia Association, your preferred environmental organization, or sing your favorite Beatles song at full volume. Fouts Funeral Home of Dunlap is assisting the family with Leon’s services.