Explosion Victim Remembered as Hard Worker

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Ryan Federinko was a new employee at Bartlett Grain in Atchison, Kan. He was one of six people killed during an explosion at the plant on Saturday. The victim’s families say their loved ones will never be replaced.

“He was a real good kid,” said Jim Stalder. “I used to spoil him.”

Federinko was working at the plant on Saturday when something went terribly wrong. His family says he was a hard worker. His uncle says he even heard the explosion when it happened.

“I thought it was thunder,” said Stalder. “That’s how loud it was.”

Stadler says he soon learned the blast that shook his family’s home and knocked over pictures killed his nephew. He says his nephew was just getting his foot in the door at the company.

Federinko suffered severe burns during the explosion and will be cremated on Thursday. A memorial service will be held on November 3 at the Arensburg-Pruett Funeral Home at 208 N 5th Street in Atchison. The visitation will be at 9 a.m. and the funeral will be at 10:30 a.m.

His uncle says the 21-year-old lovedĀ  motorcycles and cars as well as putting in long hours.

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