JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas businessman, his mother and their 4 children were killed Thursday when their tiny craft crashed into a muddy area of executive Florida, and word fast widespread to their hometown where a family was famous for their free work and always carrying a residence full of area kids.
The single-turboprop, fixed-wing craft was streamer home to Junction City from a Bahamas when it pennyless detached and went down about 12:30 p.m. in a Tiger Creek Preserve, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Deputies reached a area by helicopters, though it was transparent there were no survivors, a sheriff’s bureau said. The means of a pile-up wasn’t immediately known, and tools of a craft were found scarcely 3 ½ miles away, investigators said.
Ron Bramlage, a distinguished businessman in Junction City who owned Roadside Ventures LLC, was piloting a 2006 Pilatus Pc-12/47. The 45-year-old, his wife, Rebecca, 43, and a couple’s children – Brandon, 15; Boston, 13; Beau, 11; and 8-year-old Roxanne – were killed.
“It’s usually a horrific loss,” Junction City Mayor Pat Landes said, adding that a integrate upheld many internal projects and supposing college scholarships. The family was good famous in city and during Kansas State University, where a basketball locus is named for Ron Bramlage’s grandfather.
At slightest dual dozen bouquets of flowers lined a black wrought-iron blockade surrounding a family’s ranch-style home by Thursday evening. A trampoline sat in a front lawn, and a hammock hung between dual vast trees in a wooded yard.
Standing in his front yard opposite a street, Rick Bazan pronounced he’d been friends with Ron Bramlage given childhood. He pronounced his crony would mostly assistance internal families financially, such as profitable for kids to go to wrestling camps if their relatives couldn’t means to send them.
He pronounced Rebecca, who was boss of a internal propagandize board, “never stopped working. She was tireless.” She would be broke by a escape of support now during her home, where during slightest a half-dozen friends of a couple’s children were always using around, Bazan said.
“It’s going to be a prolonged time removing over this one,” he pronounced as he watched a family’s neighbors and friends accumulate outside.
Bella Omann, 14, who went to center propagandize with a dual younger boys, pronounced Beau “was unequivocally a funniest child I’ve ever met.” She had an modernized geometry category with Boston, whom she pronounced “loved reading books. We would always speak about a favorite books,” including a Harry Potter novels. He review so much, she said, that their clergyman wouldn’t concede additional element on students’ desks to keep him from reading.
Another neighbor, Joann Williams, removed pushing by a home and saying a children bouncing on a trampoline. “They were usually a pleasing family. They were usually so together, cohesive,” she said.
The integrate were graduates of Kansas State University and members of a K-State Alumni Association, President’s Club, Foundation Trustees and Ahearn Fund.
“The Bramlage family binds a special place in a story of Kansas State University and K-State Athletics, and Ron and Becky have been constant supporters and good fans of K-State. Our thoughts and prayers are with a Bramlage family during this formidable time,” University President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie pronounced in a corner statement.
Ron was a grandson of a late Fred Bramlage, a 1935 connoisseur of K-State and Junction City businessman. Fred Bramlage was a lead writer to a construction of Bramlage Coliseum, a multipurpose locus that non-stop in 1988 and is home to a K-State men’s and women’s basketball teams.
A library in a city is named for Ron Bramlage’s grandmother, Dorothy Bramlage.
Ron Walker, superintendent of a internal propagandize district, pronounced a family was practical notwithstanding their resources and famous name. He pronounced Rebecca, along with streamer a propagandize board, was a house member of a internal propagandize foundation.
“I’ve been here about 10 years now. She and Ron, they were among a initial people to hail me. we didn’t even know they had any resources during all for about 5 years. It was just, `How can we assistance you, how can we serve?”‘
The 4,900-acre Tiger Wood Preserve about 50 miles southwest of Orlando contains hardwood swamps, hammocks, scrubby flatwoods, hunger flatwoods, sandhill and longleaf pine/wiregrass habitat, according to a website.
The pile-up site was usually reachable by helicopters and all-terrain vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead a investigation, that a Federal Aviation Administration pronounced would take a prolonged time. The family had stopped for etiquette in Fort Pierce, Fla., and had taken off a half-hour before a crash.
Associated Press writers Dana Fields and Maria Fisher in Kansas City, Mo., and David Fischer in Miami contributed to this report.