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Mourners praise family in duck boat tragedy at funeral

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Two-thousand balloons floated through the sky over 22nd Street and College Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Tied to each, a string with a tag showing a picture of Glenn, Reese, Arya and Evan Coleman and reading “Let’s go play Daddy!”

Mourners released the balloons after the funeral services for the Colemans. Glenn died in a duck boat accident July 19 in Branson, Missouri, along with his three kids and five other family members. 

“Words cannot explain what I am feeling today,” family friend Tonya Kinchelow said. “They’re just a great family, great group of people. Heartfelt, loving, caring, sharing group of people.”

Tonya said she remembers the Colemans as people who could always make you laugh. Like so many others across Indianapolis and beyond, she felt the family’s love. 

Glenn’s wife, Tia, survived the accident. 

She described him as a guy who’d do anything for their three kids. 

The oldest child, Reese, was 9 years old. Tia said Reese was on the autism spectrum and she called him the happiest kid. Seven-year-old Evan was described by his mom as quick and witty. Tia said her youngest, Arya, was already a fireball at age 1. 

Houston Farrow, who said he has been friends with Tia for decades, described the family as “always supportive.”

“A family that stuck together. You could tell they really cared for one another,” Farrow said. “A lot of people came out and even people that may not ever see them or even know them, they came out in support.”

Below is video of The Agape Apostolic Faith Choir performing at the celebration of life for four members of the Coleman family. App users can click here to find it online.