Corporal Kevin William Prince, 22, State Route 19, Mount Gilead, was killed Saturday morning April 23, 2005 while on patrol in a roadside bombing in Al Haswah, Iraq.
Kevin was born July 13, 1982 in Canton to Ronald Robert and Susan J. (Martin) Prince, and was raised in Plain City, where he attended Jonathan Alder Schools.
A soccer player since age five, Kevin also ran cross-country while in school, and worked part-time in his parents? Plain City business: Main Street Bagel & Deli.
Kevin was a quiet, loving son and brother, who loved playing video games and watching movies, and had recently developed a keen passion for reading.
Sensing a need to change direction for his life, Kevin enlisted with the U.S. Army in 2001, with the purpose of heading to college. He was graduated from boot camp on October 11, 2002 at Fort Benning and headed to Fort Irwin, California to join the Army's 2nd Division, 11th Armored Cavalry, nicknamed the Black Horse Echo Troup. His group was responsible for training others in the Mohave Desert, to prepare them for Operation Freedom.
Principally, Kevin was responsible for operating a Bradley transport, and was shipped to Iraq on January 9, 2005. Just before leaving, he communicated to his family that he had bought a Bible to take with him.
An excellent marksman, Kevin was not one to complain ~ well, perhaps about sleep deprivation ~ but he was always up to a challenge.
Kevin had a comic and irreverent side, part of his rascal nature, and was a bit of clotheshorse, too.
Proud to be serving his country, Kevin just wanted to come home.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Kelly Howick and Robert Mockler of Los Angeles, California; his brother and sister-in-law Jason and Ember Prince of Galloway; his maternal grandparents William and Evelyn Martin of Hartville; his paternal grandmother Ruth Miller of Canton; aunts and uncles Carole and Rich Frazee and Jayne and Lon Slabaugh all of Hartville, Rick and Susan Prince of Washington, Steve and Judy Miller of Ontario, Cathy and Dennis McDonnell of Lodi, Mike and Helen Miller of Virginia; cousins including Patrick, Angie, Lori, Shanese, Nicole and Morgan Slabaugh; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Rollman Prince.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 30, 2005 from 1-4 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, (2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield). A hero's procession will follow to the North Woodbury Alliance Church, 6385 State Route 314, North Woodbury, where a Worship Service, giving Glory to God for the life of CPL Kevin W. Prince will be held at 5 pm. Pastors Yogi Durbin and Randy Miller will preside.
Friends may also call on Sunday from Noon until 2 pm in Ferguson Funeral Home, 202 East Main Street, Plain City. A committal service with full military honors will be held Sunday at 3 pm in Forest Grove Cemetery, Plain City, officiated by Pastor Craig Irwin.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions to the CPL Kevin William Prince Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made at the funeral home.
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