Clyde Prince

Clyde Gilbert Prince

Friday, March 3rd, 1933 - Friday, February 8th, 2019
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Clyde Gilbert Prince passed away on February 8, 2019 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was born on March 3, 1933 to Gilbert and Leona (Meinen) Prince. He was raised on a farm in Cooks Valley, where he attended the St. John Catholic Church Grade School. Clyde loved to tell how he was the smartest and best looking boy in his class, among 8 girls. Clyde married Rona Don Roth in 1961. They later divorced.

Clyde was most known for his love of sports. To this day he could recall all of his moments as a star athlete at Colfax High School, where he graduated in 1951. Clyde was the quarterback of the football team, guard on the basketball team and a talented pitcher. He always talked highly of his coaches Ken Poppy and Dude Kittle and attributed his success to their leadership and strict coaching. After graduation, he joined the US Army and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. While there, he was able to bowl and play a lot of baseball.

Following his return from his duty in the Army, Clyde continued his love of the game. He and his brothers are still known to many as “The Prince Boys” who played baseball in many area leagues in the Chippewa Valley. Clyde did a lot of pitching and was a good outfielder. One of his fondest memories was going up against Bud Grant who pitched for Osceola at the time, and defeating them. Clyde carried his passion for sports into a lifelong career of refereeing and umpiring, a legacy his sons continue to carry on today. Clyde and his brother Tom were also very instrumental in the development of a softball park in the village of Colfax.

During his lifetime, Clyde worked several jobs including working at the Inland Lumber Company in town and tending bar, and also served on the fire department. He was most proud of his job of 19 years at Uniroyal where he built tires and became an instructor. This experience led him to spend 6 months in China teaching the Chinese how to build tires. In retirement Clyde loved driving routes for the CTL, mowing at the Whitetail Golf Course and was also known as the “break room supervisor” at Kyle’s Market.

One of Clyde’s favorite times every year was the two weeks he would spend with his family and friends at “The Thornapple Hilton” deer hunting cabin in Winter, WI. While Clyde was a good hunter, he mostly enjoyed the numerous games of euchre and sheepshead he played with the guys.

For several years Clyde did not miss a home sporting event. He would arrive at the basketball games very early to get his front and center spot. He was quite proud to be able to watch his grandchildren play there. Clyde also loved watching the Packer games with his daughter, Joni, and rarely missed a Badger or Brewer game on TV.

Clyde loved to visit with anyone who would listen, recall old times and spend time with his family. He enjoyed many meals at Mom’s Restaurant, reading the paper, dancing and listening to polka music. Clyde was a true gentleman and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Clyde is survived by his sons: Tim (Sally) Prince, Rick (Amy Young) Prince and Jeff (Missy) Prince; his daughter: Joni (Mark) Haines; fourteen grandchildren: Erika, Jason, Shelby and Blake Prince, Kylee, Karter, Kelsey and Kortney Millin, Tiffany Prince and Carly Hilmanowski, Trent Prince and Nolan, Brett and Hailey Prince; 2 great-grandchildren: Nixon Prince and Zayda Prince; one sister: Jackie Oldenberg and a sister-in-law: Doris Prince.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Gilbert and Leona; brothers: Denis, Tom and Rollie Prince; sister, Pat Sumstad; nephew: Terry Prince; as well as one grandson: Mitchell Prince.

There will be a time of gathering at the Viking Bowl in Colfax on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM with a memorial service at 1:00 PM.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 | 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Viking Bowl
    N8590 WI-40
    COLFAX, WI 54730
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 1:00pm
    Viking Bowl
    N8590 WI-40
    COLFAX, WI 54730
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Whitetail Golf Course
    8418 760th Ave
    COLFAX, WI 54730
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Rick meyer

Posted at 06:46am
Sending our sympathies from North Carolina. We have fond memories of Clyde from several extended family outings at Princes
Resort on Cornell Lake.
Rick and Kathleen Meyer
New Bern, NC

Greg Freeberg

Posted at 06:57pm
Dear Joni, Tim, Rick and Jeff
I am so sorry to hear about your dad it is times like this that you need to remember all the good times with him because I know there where many.
My thoughts are with you.
Take Care
Greg Freeberg

Lois Sipple

Posted at 08:54am
My husband, Jerry Sipple, played semi-pro baseball with Clyde on the Colfax Bears team. Not only did they play against Bud Grant, they also played against Hank Aaron when he was playing with the Eau Claire Bears. My prayers and sympathy go out to Clyde's family. I have many wonderful memories of Clyde and his brothers and the Colfax Bears. Lois Sipple from Menomonie

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Posted at 09:50am
Joni and Family, our prayers are with you. I will miss Clydes laugh and his great smile! Love to you and to all. With sympathy, Wanda, Ash, Jared
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Tim Devine

Posted at 05:05pm
Dear Clyde Prince family,

Colfax has lost one of its all-time great athletes, father, grandfather, and Vikings fan! I always looked forward to and enjoyed our many conversations over the years regarding the successes of our high school teams and student-athletes. He was a "half-full" guy who saw the good in most situations. As a coach, I found him to be a knowledgeable, loyal, and supportive fan. He certainly will be missed as he left an indelible mark in this community. Take comfort in knowing that his new "front and center" seat is in heaven and that he will be watching over you. Hold tight to the many wonderful memories of the man whom you were fortunate to call "Dad" and "Grandpa." Let your actions enable him to live in your hearts and soul forever. God bless - Tim Devine

Thank you!
Tim Devine
Distance Learning Coordinator
GEDO #2 & English RtI

"Failure is success if we learn from it."


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