"It's crushing...he was a well liked guy, I mean everybody knew him," says Tom LeNoble.
James Gollnow was killed in a fiery car crash on I-65 with his wife Barbara, daughter Sarina, two foster kids and a friend on Saturday. The group was on their way home from vacation in Florida.
"My one daughter called me and told me about it, and it shocked me, I was surprised," says Dennis Helms, a former co-worker.
Two foster kids survived the crash. Police say they are still in the hospital with non-life threaterning injuries.
The Gollnow's were well known for giving back to the community. At one point, they even had a thrift shop in the back of their home to collect items for the homeless.
LeNoble worked with James and bought a house from him a few years ago.
"This whole property, Jim built and this was all his, they lived here in the house, they gave to the needy and they collected stuff there," says LeNoble.
He says, the Gollnows will be missed.
"I'm sure there is going to be special rememberance and stuff around town, because that's a big blow," says LeNoble.
Kentucky State Police says they are still investigating the crash.