GREENSBURG, Ind. - Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to Don and Barb Horan and Steve and Denise Butz. Their visitation was Thursday at Saint Mary's Catholic School in Greensburg.
It was a sight never seen before in the tight-knit community.
"A small community, this is what you see and this is wonderful," said Marge Bruns, a school administrator.
People parked wherever they could and stood in a line that extended around St. Mary's Catholic School. All had heavy hearts but good memories of the two couples.
"Barb was somebody you just saw around town. We got our hair done at the same place. You'd just see her smiling face around town," explained Amy Kinker, a family friend.
The two couples died when their small plane crashed Sunday night just miles from the Greensburg Decatur County Airport. They had just spent the weekend in Destin, Fla. Don was the pilot.
"You don't expect anything like this. We, ourselves, got our pilot's license, and it's always in the back of your head 'what if,' and this is one of those times," said Carol Bonnett, a family friend.
This was also one of those times that showed what the word "community" can mean.
"I think it speaks to exactly what they were -- people that worked in this community, lived in the community, raised their children in the community and were a big part of it," Kinker said.
"I know both families personally, and it's absolutely remarkable. It's amazing. I've never seen anything to this extent, to this regard, " commented Bruns about the turnout.
"If something goes wrong, you just watch the people. hey come," said Bonnett.
The two couples leave behind six children. Funeral services are Friday at 10 a.m. at Greensburg High School.