Seventeen people died on July 19, when a Ride the Duck boat was riding during a severe storm on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Minnesota.
These included a hero grandmother, a ‘community legend’ football coach and a recently baptized 15-year-old boy.
Nine members of a family were also killed, with another two being arranged to escape the horrific fire.
Nine of the 11 members of the Coleman family aboard the boat were killed, including four children under 10 years old.
Horace ‘Butch’ Coleman, 70, the family’s protege, was remembered on social media as a ‘community legend’ who volunteered for more than 40 years in his local area.
His wife, Belinda Coleman, 69, and her brother, 76-year-old Irving Raymond Coleman, were also killed, as were Belinda’s cousins, Angela Coleman, 45, and Glenn Coleman, 40.
Angela’s two-year-old son Maxwell died in a tragic accident, as did Glenn’s sons Evan, 7, and Reese, 9, and their one-year-old daughter Arya.
From top left: Butch Coleman, Ray Coleman, Glenn Coleman, Angela Coleman (holding Maxwell). Bottom left: Reece Coleman, Belinda Coleman and Evan Coleman
Steven and Lance Smith
Deaf Steve Smith of the 53-year-old Christian Church and his 15-year-old son Lance also drowned in a boat sinking on Thursday.
Smith’s daughter, Lauren survived, and his wife Pamela was not on the boat.
A family friend on Twitter wrote that Pamela had decided to go shopping with her family instead of boarding the boat.
Church deaf Steve Smith (left) and his recently baptized 15-year-old son Lance (pictured right in his last known photo) were among those killed. Steve’s daughter Lorraine is rushed to the hospital, but survives
Bill Asher (right) and Rose Hamman (left) were also killed. The pair were on their last night off as they boarded the boat
Bill’s ashes and rose hammer
Bill Asher, 69, and his girlfriend Rose Hamman, 68, were identified as friends by friends on Facebook on Friday afternoon.
Bill and Rose were on a week-long vacation in Branson, and spent their last evening on a duck boat, friend Mary Ogborn Kaizi said.
64-year-old grandmother Leslie Dennison was on the boat with her 12-year-old granddaughter, Alicia.
Her son Todd said Thursday that his daughter, who is recovering in the hospital, said she could push Leslie into a boat full of water.
‘She said that her grandmother saved her,’ he told the paper. Leslie is being mourned as a ‘true hero’.
Leslie Dennison (second from left) succumbed to save her 12-year-old granddaughter, Alicia. He is being mourned as a hero
Robert ‘Bob’ Williams
73-year-old Robert ‘Bob’ Williams was driving a boat when he went down to Table Rock Lake.
Williams worked for Ride the Duck, the boat tour company that owned the vessel, but had previously worked as a pastor.
Friends and family paid him tribute on Friday as a God-fearing family man.
Picture: Robert ‘Bob’ Williams, who was driving the boat when he went down
William and Janice Bright
William and Janice Bright, aged 65 and 63, were at Branson on Thursday celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.
The couple have three daughters and 16 grandchildren – their 17th night.
William and Janice Bright, 65 and 64, were among 17 people killed in the duck boat tragedy. The couple were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary on Thursday when they lost their lives