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Hundreds attend funeral for last 5 of 9 relatives killed in duck boat sinking

A member of the Coleman family stands during a musical selection during the funeral for Horace Colem
A member of the Coleman family stands during a musical selection at the funeral in Indianapolis on Saturday for five members of the family killed in a duck boat accident in Missouri.
(Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

An Indiana family that lost nine relatives in the sinking of a duck boat on a Missouri lake was held up as an inspiration Saturday as hundreds of people gathered to remember those lost.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett were among those at Eastern Star Church for the funeral of Horace Coleman, 70; his wife, Belinda Coleman, 69; Ervin Coleman, 76; Angela Coleman, 45; and her 2-year-old son, Maxwell.

The funeral came a day after the services for Glenn Coleman, 40, and his three children: 9-year-old Reece, 7-year-old Evan and 1-year-old Arya.

The Republican governor attended both ceremonies, and assured their survivors that they were not alone.

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“The Coleman family continues to just get bigger, as in 6.6 million Hoosiers bigger, as in millions of more Americans bigger. The Coleman family story of faith and love in action has gone global,” Holcomb said.

Tia Coleman — Glenn Coleman’s wife and mother of their children — and her 13-year-old nephew were the only two survivors among the 11 family members who boarded the boat before it sank in a sudden storm July 19 on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., killing 17 people.

At Saturday’s funeral, five caskets were lined up at the front of the church, flowers atop four of them and a U.S. flag on the other.

Pastor A. Thomas Hill said the family would be sustained by its faith.

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“How can they deal with such a horrific, traumatic crisis? This family, they got a Jesus connection. It’s not the end; rather it’s the beginning of a new life,” Hill told the congregation. “That’s the hope of this family. Let God be their comfort today.”


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