Services Tuesday for Serna, Branstetters

STILLWATER - The OSU community continues to mourn the loss of two coaches and two alumni.

On Tuesday, services are being held for three of the four victims from last Thursday's plane crash.

A rosary for Assistant Coach Miranda Serna begins at 10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Stillwater.

At 2 p.m., services for Olin and Paula Branstetter are in Ponca City.

Last Thursday, Kurt Budke, OSU women's head basketball coach , and Assistant Coach Serna were killed along with alumni Olin and Paula Branstetter.

Olin Branstetter, a former state senator, and Paula were experienced pilots.  On Thursday, Olin Branstetter was piloting the plane when it went down near Perryville, Ark.

Monday was a day filled with tributes, ending with a student-organized candlelight vigil.

"It's important for students to be here tonight because it's a chance for us to come together as a student body and have a moment to reflect on four lives we lost," said Kyle Buthod, OSU student.  "I think we walk out of this having grown as a community, just like we did 10 years ago."

Many of the students did not personally know the Budke, Serna or the Branstetters, but they say it was something they knew they had to be a part of.

"We're a family. It sounds silly but we are and we all can feel this loss," said Kayla Hadwiger, OSU student.

The funeral service for Budke is scheduled for later this week.

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