JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Friends and relatives say the Bramlage family did everything together. They prayed together at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and on Sunday, this is where members of the community came to pray for them.
" I just wanna pay my respects. I knew them all," Blaine Morgan said. Morgan had known Ron Bramlage since they attended seventh grade at Junction City High School. "He was fun to be around with. Everybody around him was good people," he said.
Old friends and new ones, business associates and community members attended a vigil to honor the Bramlage family, the well-respected and well-loved couple, Ron and Becky Bramlage, and their four children, Brandon, Boston, Beau, and Roxanne.
The family's generosity touched everyone around them. Friends recall their wrestling days and their work
Morgan said he got a lot of business from Ron Bramlage and had painted their house. During one of those times, "We got a snake from Becky and the kids," he recalled. "We're gonna hang on to it. I told Ron when it got bigger, we'd bring it over," Morgan remembered, then added whistfully, "I guess we can't do that now."
Ron Bramlage and Becky were a couple as dedicated to their community as to their family - Ron a businessman and philantropist and Becky President of the the School Board in Geary County.
The couple were graduates of 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.
On this Father's day, many remember Ron as a family man.
"He's done a really good job, he's been real good, especially with his family," community member Jack Walsh said.
The entire family was killed in a plane crash on June 7, on their way home from a vacation in the Bahamas.
Ron Bramlage piloted the single-engine Pilatus when it crashed in a remote area in Lake Wales, Florida. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
"This is all just a tragedy that's happened," Morgan said. "We're really going to miss them, they were a big part of the community. A part that community members say will be impossible to replace.
Funeral Services will be held Monday at 10 am at the Junction City Middle School, followed by a private family burial.