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In Memory of Benjamin Prince


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday July 10, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Visitation at Church

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday July 11, 2022
Faith Community Church
777 Carmichael Rd.
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Monday July 11, 2022
Faith Community Church
777 Carmichael Rd.
Hudson WI, 54016

Benjamin Roger Prince, age 10 of Hudson, WI, died suddenly and tragically while on vacation with his family on July 3rd, 2022. Benjamin was born on January 13, 2012 in Hudson. He was the son of Timothy and Darcy (Vandermyde) Prince, and leaves behind two brothers, Caleb (13) and Jordan (9). He was a student at Willow River Elementary School and worshipped at Faith Community Church with his family.


Ben was a funny, intelligent, creative boy who loved a good laugh and brought to joy everyone around him. He loved to make funny videos that featured his brothers and used reams of paper over the years to draw funny scenes or make-believe animals. Ben could often be seen with a smirk on his face which meant that he was thinking about something he thought was very funny.


Ben was a sincere person and had a tender conscience. He was willing to be different if he believed it would honor his parents or the Lord. Ben loved movies and video games of all kinds, and especially loved sharing these things with his brothers, Caleb and Jordan. He was learning to play the piano, and loved to read. Ben recently mastered the Rubik’s cube and had set himself a goal of learning to juggle by the end of the summer. Ben loved to swim, and the color red. He was a picky eater and a terribly sore loser.


Ben was a student at Willow River Elementary School where he excelled at being an average student. He was blessed with teachers who cared about him and friends that he looked forward to seeing every day. Ben was looking forward to being a crossing guard in the fall.


Grandpa and Grandma’s farm was Ben’s favorite place in the world. He loved driving the UTV and playing with his cousins. He loved the machinery and the tools and wanted to understand how everything worked. We had promised that he could learn to drive the tractors as soon as his feet reached the pedals.


Most of all he loved and was loved by his brothers. Ben was Jordan’s best friend and Caleb’s most attentive pupil. He wanted to do everything his big brother did and couldn’t wait to grow up. He loved being with friends and visiting other people’s houses.


Ben’s faith in the Lord Jesus was real. From the time he was old enough to speak, his mother taught him this simple catechism: “God is big. God is good. God loves me.” As he grew older, so did the catechism. “Ben, what is our only hope in life and death?” Answer: “That we are not our own, but belong to God.” Ben believed this and was learning to trust Jesus in all of the most mundane and most important things in his life. His life was a gift from God and he will be missed more than words can say. His family is grieving and waiting and hoping in Christ alone.


“I ended my first book with the words no answer. I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?”

C.S. Lewis “Till We Have Faces”



Ben will remain forever in the hearts of his parents, Tim and Darcy; brothers, Caleb and Jordan; grandparents, Dan and Nancy Vandermyde, and Roger and Sue Prince; great-grandma, Joanne Garrison; aunts and uncles, Brent (JoAnn) Vandermyde, Brooke (Doug) Sterenberg, Darren (Jen) Vandermyde, Dean (Kari) Thompson, Jon (Amanda) Prince, and Dave (Janelle) Prince; cousins, Derek, Jared, Nicole, Thomas, Adam, Hannah, Noah, Joshua, Isaac, Ethan, Benjamin (Katie), Emily (Josh), Aaron (Jayde), Dylan, Ethan, Conner, Melanie, Gabriel, and Zoe; and other family and friends.


A funeral service to celebrate Ben’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S 11th St, Hudson, WI, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Ben’s funeral will be livestreamed through the Faith Community Church website. Private interment at Willow River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family to be used in Ben’s honor.


If you desire to make memorial contributions for Ben, they should be directed to Tim and Darcy Prince. These can be left at either of the visitation sessions or sent to the Princes c/o Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI 54016, or the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI 54016. The family will use your gifts to offset costs in this difficult season and to establish a charitable foundation in Ben’s name.

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    • Dear Prince Family
      I am so very sorry for your loss of your dear son, Ben.
      Although we have not met I sat beside you at the Parade in Hudson with my daughter, Jennifer Maxwell and family. Your beautiful family touched me by how much you cared for each other. Ben sounded like a kid I would have loved to known. I pray that God’s love and comfort will surround you all until you are again united with Ben.

    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic and most difficult time. God give you strength to face the days ahead of you.

    • Your quote from CS Lewis is perfect. For some things there are no answers now. Having faith means that some day God will erase all the pain and answer all. I have a feeling in that moment the questions will no longer matter. Please know that many hold all of you in their hearts and prayers.

    • So, so sorry for your loss. I know that hole in your heart. May God wrap his arms around you all and comfort you. You are in my prayers.

    • Tim & Darcy & all the family, our hearts ache for you all. We have been greatly affected by this sudden tragedy. If only……. We pray that you all will have your grief and sorrow diminished over time by our great God and Father in Heaven above. May the time come when you will have a smile on your faces as you remember Ben with something he did or said. In the meantime you will bare a heavy load but the Lord will help you carry it if it gets too heavy. May the grace and peace and comfort of Almighty God rest on you all.

    • Tim, Darcy, and Family,
      You are present in our thoughts and hearts and in our prayers….we will pray for you and stand with you in whatever ways possible during this unimaginably difficult grief….trusting in the steadfast love of God as your hope and cornerstone….

    • To The Prince Family:
      We are so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Ben. We are all praying for you and praying God is comforting you all.
      Blessings and Peace

    • We have never met in person my husband and I were on The York Fire Department a year ago we are both EMT’S and Firefighters 🚒, this kind of call weighs heavy on any EMT/Firefighter first responders Police etc…. Our hearts are aching for you. Such a sad tragedy we can’t wrap our minds around. We never think it can happen in our community and my heart hurts knowing it did and such a beautiful little sole was lost. My deepest Sympathies to you all I am praying for comfort to all of you and for all the responders that were there to help that tragic day God Bless you all

    • Timothy, Darcy, Caleb, and Jordan,
      We ran to Runza in York, Nebraska (we’re from Henderson) and saw all the activity around the motel. We weren’t aware of what happened at the time. When we found out that you lost your son, brother, my heart shattered for you! I have been praying constantly for you! Praying for peace and comfort. Just want you to know that people in Nebraska are thinking of you and lifting you up in prayers! Vern and Jacque Ediger, Henderson, Nebraska

    • We are here visiting with my sister, Karen Francis Garden. Our arrival, the night before, allowed us to attend Sunday morning service on July 3, where we heard Pastor Prince preach a meaningful sermon. While we don’t know your family personally, we know how much you all mean to my sister. Late Sunday, the heart breaking news came. We wept and prayed as our hearts ached for the deep sorrows being endured. We will continue to lift your family in prayer as we return to North Carolina.

    • God is saying to you now. Stay strong. I am your strength. I see what you are dealing with and I well bring you through. Trust me through each storm. I have never left you before and I’m not leaving you now trust in are lord and savior 🙏🙏❤️❤️

    • We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    • Tim and Darcy,

      We feel your pain and do please know we will keep you in our prayers. Having read Ben’s wonderful story, I (Joel) wish I had gotten to know him, but then there is always heaven isn’t there. Hope he still has that silly smirk attached to his heavenly body. We can compare good jokes.

      May our gracious God heal your pain in His good time, and His perfect way. Amen

      Joel & Kay Moore

    • This is in a category all its own. I feel dumb trying to say anything, except “I am here”. That was the best obituary I’ve ever read.

    • Dear Prince Family,

      We have never met Benjamin in person, but we have seen him at church with Darcey many times. We have been attending Faith community Church for about 3 years. Pastor Tim Prince has made a big impact in our lives by his wonderful messages of faith which have brought us closer to the Lord Jesus. We also feel the warmth and care of the entire pastoral leadership of faith community.
      It is with a heavy heart that we extend our sincere condolences and sympathies for the loss of your beloved son.

      God Bless you and your family,

      Dean and Nathalie Nolde

    • Tim, Darcy –

      We are heartbroken to hear about your loss. We can’t imagine how painful that must be. We pray that the Lord would walk very near to you through these trying times.

    • May God cover you with His grace, wrap His loving arms around, and hold you all close during these unimaginable difficult days.
      Morrison, IL is praying hard for you!

    • We are holding you close in our hearts and we grieve with you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful boy, Ben. We will continue to lift you and all of your family up in prayer. May God’s peace surround you all.

    • Sometimes sadness and despair threaten to overwhelm me and I remind myself that God experienced all these feelings as He lost his precious son. My flesh cries out “why” and my soul clings to the hope that eternity gives. May those of us who remain, love larger, fight Satan harder and look to the day when we are together for eternity. Your family is on our minds, in our hearts and our prayers many times a day.

    • Such a beautiful and thoughtful description of Ben. Our kids loved running with him after church (when I allowed it!). Max and Jane have shared with us thoughts about appreciating that. Ben included others. Such a wonderful thing we will remember about him.
      Darcy, Tim, Caleb, and Jordan, your family is loved and we are grieving with you. Praying you feel the presence of Jesus moment by moment.

      Anna, Alex, Max, Jane, and Foster

    • So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. We will be praying for you; but, more important, our Lord and Savior will be near to you always.
      Zeph 3:17

    • Tim, Darcy, Caleb & Jordan,

      We are so very sorry for your loss. Know that we grieve with you and are praying for you all during this difficult time. Ben will forever be in our hearts.
      We are here for you.

    • I seen your story and read about your blessed son. I am sending hugs and prayers for you and your family/families. My heart just aches. He was a very cute little boy. Sending strength for your journey as well✝️

    • Grieving with you and praying for you at this most difficult time.

    • Our hearts are so broken for your loss 🙁 Ben was so silly and we remember how he made us laugh when we would come over for dinner at your house. He was such a sweet and funny kid! We are praying for your family every day <3

    • So incredibly sorry for your devastating loss. You all are in our prayers in the days, weeks, months.. to come.

    • I didn’t know Ben or your family but I know you are in God’s hands.
      Lots of hugs and prayers!

    • Darcy and Tim
      May His grace be sufficient. May this tragedy be used to glorify Him, to bring beauty from ashes, to do great things and blessings to you all, to this community, to this country and the world. May you be comforted by His faithfulness, mercy and love.

    • We grieve with you at at this difficult time. We are praying for the Comforter’s presence to be very strongly felt during this time as the Father shows you new mercies each morning and gives you time to mourn. You are loved by many. ❤️

    • Darcy I’m so sorry for your families loss..I can’t image the pain your family must feel….please know u are in my thoughts and prayers…sending your family hugs…..

    • Brent, JoAnn, Derek, Jared, Nicole, Thomas, and Adam,
      Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as you grieve the loss of your nephew and cousin. May you be blessed with traveling grace as you gather to mourn and celebrate Ben’s young life. May fond memories, faith, family, and friends comfort you in the days and weeks to come. May the perpetual light shine upon him!

    • Such a lovely boy…always enjoyed kicking a soccer ball with you and seeing you racing around our yard… we’ll miss you little man
      Sleep tight Ben x

    • Tim and Darcy, Caleb and Jordon, Don’t weep at my grave, for I am not there. I’ve a date with a butterfly to dance in the air. I’ll be singing in the sunshine wild and free. Playing tag with the wind, while I’m waiting for you 💜 Love you Always, Dave and Pat Vandermyde

    • What a beautiful and real picture of this precious sweet boy that will be missed so very much. My heart aches deeply for you all. My only comfort is in knowing that our Lord is right beside you, holding you tight and holding you up each min of the day and night. Prayers being lifted for you all and lots of love

    • Ben was such a light- so very kind and so very loved. We are grateful to have known him in his time on this earth and are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love and light to you.

    • Our family grieves with you dear Prince family. You are our family of families and we care about you all so much. Our hearts mourn with you. We will keep praying for you as you navigate the days ahead.

    • my heartfelt prayers to Ben’s families and friends. Gone much too soon but never forgotten, for some day we shall all be reunited with Ben once again. Watch over us all from heaven and Rest In Peace Little Ben~Sincerest Prayers And Love, Mark J. VonBank- Park Rapids, Mn.

    • What a beautiful tribute to your sweet boy. We are so heartbroken for your family and all who loved him. What a blessing to know you will meet again someday…many prayers for all of you as you remember your son.