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Ryan E. Painschab, 27

Ryan Erin Painschab, age 27, of Winsted, passed away Sept. 26, 2020.

Visitation will take place Monday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Further visitation will also take place Tuesday, Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Waverly.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Ryan was born June 18, 1993, in San Angelo, TX, to Patrick and Elizabeth (Flores) Painschab. The family briefly lived in Missouri, and then made their way back to Minnesota, where Ryan and his siblings attended Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Ryan graduated with the class of 2011, and following his graduation, enlisted to proudly serve in the United States Air Force.

During his military career, he was deployed twice to the Middle East, the first time as a C-130 Crew Chief, and the second time as a C-130 Flight Engineer with the 133 Air Wing out of Fort Snelling. He aspired to become a pilot, and was very driven to meet that goal.

He was extremely dedicated to serving his country, and his hard work was reflected by earning many prestigious awards, such as the Air Medal. At the time of his passing, Ryan was still active duty, and his military friends and coworkers will definitely miss his presence.

In his spare time away from serving in the Air Force, you could find him socializing with friends and family. He loved to get to know people, and could easily make friends with his outgoing and fun-spirited personality. He made an effort to get to know people, and genuinely cared about their lives.

Known for his quick wit and extroverted side, he was often the one that lit up a room, and could keep everyone entertained for hours. He enjoyed spending as much free time in Waverly, a town he always considered his hometown and favorite place to visit.

Ryan recently got into the hobby of flying drones, loved riding his motorcycle with his buddies and uncles, and also just started fishing. He especially loved spending time and creating memories with his girlfriend, Victoria. He was very proud of her being a pilot in the Air Force, and would tell everyone about her achievements.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Jeanne Painschab, Jimmy Sr. and Margie Flores; uncles, Dennis Painschab, Jimmy Flores Jr.; and cousin, Jason Paquette.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Patrick and Elizabeth; siblings, Patricia, Lauren, and Logan; uncles, Tim Painschab, Tom (Cheryl) Painschab, Terry (Joanie) Painschab, Teddy (Judy) Painschab, Donald (Tia) Painschab, and Lee (Jody) Painschab; aunts, April (Felix) Quast, Rita (Gary) Streich, Virginia (Leo) Paquette, and Anne Painschab; nieces, Lacey and Shaeley; girlfriend, Victoria Mulvihill; and many other relatives and friends.

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