JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Funeral services have been set for the Junction City family who perished in a plane crash on their way home from vacation last week.
A funeral service for the Bramlage family will be held Monday, June 18th at 10 AM at Junction City Middle School.
A vigil will be held the night before at 7 PM at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Junction City where the Bramlages were parishioners.
Ron Bramlage, 45, Becky Bramlage, 43, and their children- 15-year-old Brandon, 13-year-old Boston ,11-year-old Beau and 8-year-old Roxanne, died when their private aircraft crashed in a remote area near Lake Wales, Florida Thursday, June 7, 2012.
They were traveling from the Bahamas back to their Junction City home when the single engine plane went down in a swampy area shortly after noon. Ron Bramlage was the pilot.
Pieces of the aircraft were scattered over a four-mile area in rough terrain.
The National Transportation Safety Board has started its investigation into the crash.
Ron Bramlage was a prominent philanthropist and businessman in Junction City. Becky. Bramlage was the President of the Board of Education for Geary County USD 475.
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.
Grief counseling is being offered by Geary County USD 475 to students, staff members and members of the community. Counselors will be available Tuesday, June 12th from 8:30-12:30 PM at Lincoln Elementary, the Freshman Success Academy and Junction City Middle School.
"We’ve had about 60 kids that were involved in counseling that was on site. But our counselors have been involved in counseling and providing services almost 24/7 so they’ve been receiving phone calls, they’ve been talking to people. They’ve had a very rigorous schedule just visiting with people," said Ron Walker, Superintendent of Geary County USD 475.
Walker says if the need for counseling continues, they'll continue to offer the service as long as necessary. School district officials will assess whether or not counseling services will be extended on Tuesday afternoon.
Father Al Brungardt, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Junction City, says relatives wanted to have the funeral services in Junction City because Mr. and Mrs. Bramlage were devoted to the community and it is also where their children were raised and attended school. "This was home for them," he said.
"We wanted to do everything possible to make certain that the services are held in our city. This was such an integral part in the lives of Ron and Becky and what better way to pay tribute to the family than to make available a site that they’ve both loved. We’ll have crews out there and we’re trying to gather up volunteers to help direct traffic and help seat people so we’re going to have an all out effort to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible," Ron Walker said of having the funeral at Junction City Middle School.