ST. LOUIS ( -- The funeral of a St. Louis man who died in the sinking of a duck boat on Table Rock Lake was held Friday.

William Asher, 69, of South St. Louis County, and his girlfriend Rose Hamann were among the 17 people who lost their lives when their boat sunk near Branson, Mo.

Asher's funeral was held Friday morning at Kutis South County Chapel on Lemay Ferry.

Family and friends previously shared memories of the couple at Willie's Pub and Grill in Affton last Sunday. Longtime friend Rhonda Forbes said the love that Asher and Hamann had for each other was amazing.

"When they were together, they were like teenagers in love. What we can remember is their smiles, music and dance. That's what brought them together,"said Forbes.

McKay says the loss of his dear friends will be a hard void to fill.

"It's just so hard to believe when you lose someone so close that you let in so far into your heart," said Russell McKay.

He said Asher and Hamann were in Branson on a 14-day trip and were debating cutting the trip short two nights before the tragedy.

"Tuesday he said honey if you're feeling bad we'll pack up we'll go back home," said McKay.

After learning about the couple's death from a hotel receptionist, McKay drove from St. Louis to Branson seeking closure.

"She said it was Bill and Rose.. I lost it everything just was not real," said McKay, "I don't know what I'm going to do without Rosie, my little Rosie and Bill he was such a sweet heart of a guy."

Vigil held to remember those who died in duck boat tragedy near Branson

Former neighbor Jim Roepke said the couple was inseparable and loved to travel, dance and "listen to the oldies" together.

"It's devastating, Will was such an integral part of the community here. He knew everybody there wasn't a person that drove by that he didn't wave to, talked to he was just wonderful," said Roepke. "He was always happy always has a smile always willing to help out that's by far the fondest memory and will always stick with me"

Roepke, who was Asher's neighbor for more than 20 years, said Asher had the energy of the 40-year-old.

Asher was an air force veteran and a funeral will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Friday.

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