Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

News

December 8, 2012

Community says goodbye to plane crash victims

Greensburg — More than 2,000 mourners gathered in the Greensburg Community High School gymnasium Friday morning in remembrance of four local residents killed in a plane crash over the weekend.

The memorial mass brought area citizens and high-ranking clergy together in order to pay their last respects to four beloved community members who died when their plane crashed into a field near the Greensburg Municipal Airport Sunday evening.

A chilly, drizzly, overcast morning seemed to reflect the melancholy mood of the community, which has mourned the crash victims since learning the tragic news late Sunday night.

Don Horan, his wife Barb, and their friends, Stephen and Denise Butz, were returning from a vacation in Florida aboard a plane owned and piloted by Don Horan.

The crash is currently under investigation by members of the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C.

A visitation that drew thousands took place at the new St. Mary’s Elementary School Thursday evening.

Friday’s funeral mass lasted approximately 90 minutes and was followed by a lengthy procession. Four black hearses carried the victims to St. Mary’s Cemetery, where they were laid to rest.

The Horan’s leave behind four teenage daughters, the Butz’ two teenage sons.

School remained in session at GCHS Friday, with more than 200 students electing to attend the mass. Reports earlier this week indicated the children of St. Mary’s Elementary would perform songs during the ceremony. The new St. Mary’s Elementary School opened in August. Don Horan was instrumental in helping the project become a reality.

Officials still do not know the cause of Sunday’s fatal accident, though a Thursday press conference conducted by two members of the NTSB stated the recovered aircraft appeared to be performing properly during the flight. Fog and rain were present throughout the county Sunday afternoon.

Horan had logged 52 hours in the Piper Malibu PA-46 he was flying Sunday. He also had numerous hours of experience — both real and simulated — in weather conditions similar to those seen in Decatur County at the time of the crash.

The plane disappeared from radar at about 6:20 p.m. Sunday. The craft was located and the victims were confirmed dead at approximately 10:45 that night.

In the days that followed, those killed in the crash were remembered kindly by friends, family, associates and fellow church members. Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert called the four victims “pillars of the community.”

At Thursday’s public visitation, Marge Bruns, a St. Mary’s administrator, asked community members to continue “the example of kindness” shown by the four victims.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

 

1
Text Only
News
  • 'Carl Fisher' Historical Marker to be dedicated in Greensburg A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating American entrepreneur, Carl Fisher, is scheduled for 5 p.m., May 16, at the Washington Street entrance to the Decatur County Courthouse, located at 150 Courthouse Squar

    April 17, 2014

  • nws-gb041714-st. maurice photo 1 St. Maurice close to municipal water ST. MAURICE -- A failing well at their rural home has forced Pat Kramer and his family to take long breaks between water-heavy activities such as washing clothes and taking showers. When the well was drilled in 1977, it delivered 18 gallons of water

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • nwsgb041714-chautauqua panelists pic Elvis, '70s history makers highlight Chautauqua GREENSBURG - Reports of an Elvis sighting in Greensburg Tuesday night, however unsubstantiated, might not have been all that far from the truth. A man in a sparkling white tiger-themed jump suit took the stage at the Greensburg Community High School

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at news@greensburgdailynews.com or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 17 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Crunch

    April 17, 2014

  • Farmers can sign up for disaster assistance now U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard announced April 9 that farmers can sign up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tue

    April 17, 2014

  • Commission tweaks sign ordinance GREENSBURG -- When City Engineer Gary Murray tried recently to enforce the local sign law, he noticed that he lacked the statutory powers. Last June, after years of discussion, committees and disagreements with some local business owners, the Greensb

    April 17, 2014

  • nws-gb041714- Pirate signs pic- page 1 Local banks fund Pirate championship signs GREENSBURG - Many local residents may have noticed the new additions to the "Welcome to Greensburg" signs posted at the five main entrances to the city. The Daily News spoke to Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert to learn more about the new signs and how t

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SDES “Pinocchio” is great family fun

    WESTPORT – Fifth and sixth grade students at South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) will stage a production of Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” at 7 p.m. on April 24 and 25 at the school.

    After the roles were cast, students began practicing under the tutelage of SDES music teacher Karen Meeker in September.

    April 16, 2014

  • nws-gb041614-layton library lecture - pic - pg1 Jonestown survivor tells cautionary tale of history GREENSBURG -- Deborah Layton's nightmares of Jonestown ceased long ago, but even after all these years, one dream yet remains. It's a dream of her mother and it's very simple, Layton explained. She was speaking to a group of Decatur Countians Monday

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • At a glance... Obituary: Velma Carrie Lutes, 86 At a glance Courthouse closed for Good Friday Absentee voting will be closed at the Decatur County Courthouse Friday due to the closure of the courthouse in observance of Good Friday. Absentee voting is open from no

    April 16, 2014