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

He was born on 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 C130 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 got into 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 is preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Jeanne Painschab and Jimmy Sr and Margie Flores; his  uncles, Dennis Painschab and Jimmy Flores, Jr, and his 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.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 5, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayer service at 7:30 PM at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN. Further visitation will also take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, MN. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Waverly, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Robin

    Oh Liz! I am so very sorry!!! My condolences to you and your family!!

  2. Sharon Laxen

    I always will think of Ryan as a son.
    We are praying for you and your family! Our deepest condolences.

  3. Ken and Maria Felger

    Sending prayers of comfort and love! May He rest in the Eternal Peace of Christ!

  4. Trevor Weinmann

    Your smile, presence, love and kindness will forever be with us. You have truly gained your wings! Love ya bud!

    “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” -Luke 23:43

  5. Donna Dressen-Gallagher

    Our condolences to the Painschab families.
    Donna Dressen-Gallagher, and the entire Dressen family.

  6. Dianne & Eric Hatfull

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Painschab family. We are deeply saddened by your tremendous loss. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

  7. Hailey & Scott Gobell

    Thoughts & prayers to the Painschab family and ALL of his loved ones.

  8. Cathy Broll Sterner

    My heart hurts for your entire family. It is hard to lose your child, Ryan will always be there in your heart. He will send you signs just watch for them. Cherish all the memories you had. Sending a hug.

  9. Steve and Verlyce French

    Liz and Family,
    Sympathy to your family at the loss of your son. It is never easy to understand why something like this happens.
    Keeping you in our thoughts.


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