LaVern 'Poncho' Louis Provancha, Feb. 15 1936 - Nov. 19, 2019

LaVern ‘Poncho’ Louis Provancha, Feb. 15 1936 — Nov. 19, 2019

LaVern “Poncho” Louis Provancha, 83, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 914 West Blvd. S. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at the church with Pastor David Frerichs officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

LaVern was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Hartington, Nebraska, the son of Gilbert and Lucy (Grandt) Provancha, who preceded him in death. He was married Feb. 18, 1955, in Coleridge, Nebraska, to Wilhelmina Meier.

Survivors include his wife, Wilhelmina “Willie” Provancha of the home; three daughters, Jenine Loesing of Columbia, Jeanette Barnhart of Columbia and Jan Asbury (Doug) of Fayette, Missouri; one son, Arlen Provancha (Christia) of Perry, Missouri; eight grandchildren, MariBeth (Joshua) Couch, Brock (Chelsea) Loesing, Cheri (Roger) Provancha, Sean (Kristina) Provancha, Courtney (Caleb) McBride, Christopher (Amanda) Barnhart, Alaina (Chadd) Fuemmeler and Canaan (Julia) Asbury; and nine great-grandchildren, Henry Couch, Caytlyn Provancha, Brianna Provancha, Dillon Provancha, Blake Barnhart, Connor Barnhart, Noah Barnhart, Adelynn McBride and Nora Fuemmeler. Survivors also include one brother-in law, three sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son Louis Provancha and one brother, Delmer Provancha.

After moving to Hallsville, he worked as a mechanic for Peabody Coal Company, a mechanic and manager for Ryder and Ryder Student Transportation and a parts salesman for Midwest Kenworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65202.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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