Jeffrey A. Prince

First Posted: 9/2/2007


Jeffrey A. Prince, 54, of Lima, died at 2:45 a.m. Sept. 1, 2007, at the Arthur James Cancer Hospital in Columbus after a five-year battle with melanoma.

He was born May 19, 1953, to James H. and Elizabeth A. Kayser Prince, who survive. On Oct. 25, 1992, he married Linda S. Horn, who survives.

He worked in sales in Northwest Ohio with Miami Industrial Trucks of Dayton and Findlay.

He was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church and previously attended St. Gerard Church. He coached basketball at St. Andrew, Orlando, Fla., for five years and was a basketball referee for 18 years in northwest Ohio high schools, boys and girls, including two girls state tournaments. He was an assistant baseball coach for six years at Elida schools and a head junior varsity baseball coach at Elida High School the past three years. He also umpired baseball for several years and played softball for several teams in Lima and Orlando for many years. He was a member of the Heritage Club at the YMCA.

Survivors also include a son, Jared (Tasha) Prince of Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Kam Prince of Orlando; one stepdaughter, Angie Horn of New York City; three nephews, Joshua (Amanda) Smith of Columbia, S.C., and Kyle Gaskin and Keith Gaskin, both of Cincinnati; and two sisters, Cherie Prince, of Columbia, S.C. and Teri (Richard) Gaskin, of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clara and Bernard Kayser and Hilda and Clarence "Pop" Prince.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Shawnee Chapel.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Father George Blasick will officiate.

Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melanoma Foundation or the YMCA.

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