JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas couple and their four children who died in a plane crash will be laid rest after a funeral that drew thousands of people.
Bishop Emeritus George Fitzsimons gave the funeral mass which began Monday at 10:00 am for Ron and Becky Bramlage, of Junction City, and their four children, Brandon, Boston, Beau and Roxanne.
Among the attendees at the service was Kansas State University's Football Coach Bill Snyder. "You alway want to celebrate the lives of people who do such positive things as the entire Bramlage family has," he said. The family meant a great deal to him and to Kansas State University, he said.
Outside the school, several community members who say they wanted to honor the family, displayed hand-made signs reading "R.I.P Bramlage family" and "Signs of Community". Kris Willisoton said she had never met the Bramlages, but her son benefited from a scholarship they funded. She and her son wanted to come out and express their thanks "in person," she said.
The family died when their plane crashed June 7 in Florida while they were their way home from the Bahamas. The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the crash.
Ron Bramlage and Becky were Kansas State University, and members of the K-State Alumni Association, President's Club, Foundation Trustees and Ahearn Fund.
Ron was the grandson of the late Fred Bramlage, a 1935 graduate of K-State and Junction City businessman. Fred Bramlage was the lead contributor to the construction of Bramlage Coliseum, a multi-purpose arena that opened in 1988 and is home to the K-State men's and women's basketball teams.
A large crowd attended a vigil Sunday at the family's church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
The funeral at Junction City Middle School was expected to draw such a large crowd that the Junction City school district is offering a shuttle service to alleviate parking problems.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. and ended just before 11:30 a.m. A private family burial was expected to follow.