Just 10 days before his 100th birthday, longtime Niles educator David L. Prosser passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Crandall Medical Center in Sebring.
Prosser, who moved to Copeland Oaks in Sebring several years ago, remained active well into his 80s, said longtime family friend Joyce Lukz.
''Dave called things like they were,'' Lukz said. ''He spoke his mind, but not in a mean way.''
Prosser, a staunch democrat would often get into heated discussions with Lukz's father, a Republican, she said.
''They would get into arguments, but would end up laughing,'' Lukz said.
Prosser was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Mineral Ridge, the son of David and Elizabeth Lloyd Prosser. He graduated from Mineral Ridge High School in 1930 and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount Union College in 1934. He later earned a master's degree from Kent State University.
On Jan. 1, 1936, Prosser married Ada Williams and she died Feb. 22, 1989.
''They had no children of their own but were very supportive of other people's children,'' Lukz said. ''They were very loyal to their universities and were very generous to Mount Union and Bethany, where Ada went. They believed strongly in that because they felt education was very important.''
Prosser was a science teacher and audiovisual supervisor at Niles City Schools for 30 years and was described by his friends as having ''an ornery streak.''
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mineral Ridge, where he was a deacon; a past commander of the American Legion Post 106; past president and longtime secretary of the Niles Rotary; State Teachers Retirees; original member of the Canfield Community Band, where he retired in 2009, and the Warren Military Band. He played saxophone in both bands.
Prosser also assisted as a docent at the Ward Thomas House and Museum and he was a member of the Niles Historical Society. During the grand opening of the museum in 1996 and at several historical society events, Prosser would present a slide presentation he called ''The First 100 Years of Niles.''
He enjoyed golfing and playing the saxophone, was an avid card player and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. At age 98, he traveled to Washington, D.C., to experience the Honor Flight of World War II.
After moving to Copeland Oaks, several of Prosser's old friends and students would visit him regularly and most often on his birthday. A 100th birthday luncheon had been planned this year as well.
''We still plan to have a 100 birthday balloon at his memorial service,'' Lukz said. ''We're not going to be concerned with 10 days.''
Memorial services will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge.
Prosser will be laid to rest at Kerr Cemetery.
''He liked a good party and a good cigar,'' Lukz said. ''He was a good guy.''