for the Kansas Grain Elevator Explosion Victims
Darrek E. Klahr, 43, of Wetmore, KS passed away Saturday,
October 29, 2011 in the Bartlett Grain elevator explosion.
He was born July 30, 1968 in Topeka, KS the son of Duane
Arthur and Barbara S. (Olson) Klahr.
Darrek graduated from Jackson Heights High School in
1986. He attended Highland Community College for 2 years
and graduated from Kansas State University in 1990 with
his bachelors degree.
He was a grain inspector for Kansas Grain Inspection
Service since September 2004. He was also a farmer and
stockman. Darrek was a member and Elder of the Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Netawaka.
He married Inga Beitz on January 17, 1998 in Netawaka.
Survivors include his wife Inga and two sons, Trevor
and Garrett Klahr of the home; his parents Duane Arthur
and Barbara Klahr of Holton and a brother, Doug Klahr
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November
4, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Netawaka. Interment
will be in the Netawaka Cemetery. Family will greet
friends from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Mercer
Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the
Klahr Childrens Education Fund or Immanuel Lutheran
Church c/o Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton,
KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family,
24 years of age, of Denton,
Kan., was killed on Saturday, October 29, 2011, as a
result of an explosion at the Bartlett Grain Facility
in Atchison, Kan.
Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November
4, at the St. Benedicts Church, Bendena, Kan., with
Fr. Roderic Giller, O.S.B. as Celebrant. Burial will
follow in St. Benedicts Cemetery. A parish rosary will
be recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at St.
Benedicts, Bendena, with visitation to follow with the
family at the Church Hall until 8:30 p.m.
contributions are suggested to the Atchison Humane Society
or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be sent
in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home.
to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
was born on February 5, 1987 in Atchison, Kan., the
son of Mark and Eddie (Callahan) Burke. He graduated
from Doniphan West High School in 2006 and was active
in football, track, and FFA. He graduated with an associate
degree from Highland Community College and Highland
Vo-Technical College. Mr. Burke worked on the family
farm in Denton and formerly as a cashier and stocker
for Orscheln Farm and Home Store in Atchison for three
to four years. John was presently a grain grader at
the Bartlett Grain Co. since July of 2010.
a member of the St. Benedict’s Church, Bendena, and
enjoyed fishing, hunting, animals, and playing video
include his parents, Mark and Eddie (Callahan) Burke,
Denton, Kan.; a sister, Sarah and her husband, Jake
Pound, Emporia, Kan.; paternal grandmother, Sue Burke,
Denton, Kan.; and maternal grandmother, Pete Callahan,
Atchison, Kan.; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Burke and
ATCHISON, Kan. — Ryan
Thomas Matthew Federinko, 21, Atchison, died October
by: grandfather, James Stalder, Sr.
fiancée, Stephanie Wood; mother, Michelle Stalder;
father, Jeff (Tammy) Federinko; sister, Sarah Federinko;
brothers, Aaron Federinko, Jeffrey Federinko, Jr.; grandparents,
Loretta Maendele, “Mema” Olive and “Pepa” Thomas Potter,
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home,
Atchison. Visitation: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the
Curtis Wade Field, 21,
Atchison, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, as the result
of an explosion at the Bartlett Grain Facility in Atchison.
Funeral services will
be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 in the chapel
of Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Ziegler
officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory
Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be
from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the funeral home. Memorials
are suggested to the Curtis Field Vo-Tech Diesel Tech
Scholarship Fund or Trinity Lutheran School Endowment
and may be left in care of the funeral home. Online
condolences may be left at www.arensbergpruett.com.
Curtis was born April
20, 1990, in Atchison, the son of Lynn C. and Patricia
A. Kuhnert Field. He attended grade school at Trinity
Lutheran School later graduating from Atchison County
Community High School in Effingham. Following graduation
he attended Highland Vocational Technical College in
Atchison, graduating from the Diesel Technology program.
Curtis helped out on
his grandfather’s farm and worked for the Bartlett Grain
Company in Atchison, as a lead grain grader.
Curtis had many passions
in life, most of which came from his love of farming.
He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and working on his truck.
He was also fond of the outdoors, as he liked fishing,
camping, and hunting. He also coveted all things John
Deere as he had an extensive collection of model tractors.
Curtis loved to spend time with his family and friends.
He always had time for others and was willing to help
others no matter the task at hand.
Survivors include his
life partner, Laura Cairo, Atchison, his parents, Lynn
and Patty Field, Atchison, his maternal grandparents,
Lawrence “Junior” and Mary Kuhnert, Atchison, numerous
aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death
by his paternal grandparents, Arthur S. and Mary Laverne
Chad Chadbo A. Roberts,
age 20, of Atchison, formerly of Topeka, passed away
Saturday in Atchison.
He was born March 26, 1991 in Topeka the son of Robin
and Zoe Waymire Roberts. He graduated from Tonganoxie
High School in 2010. He worked for Bartlett Grain Elevator
in Atchison. Chadbo enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing
He was preceded in death by his father, Robin Roberts
in 2003, great grandmother, Maxine Goodman in 2003,
a cousin, Courtney Hayworth in 2004 and a grandfather,
Ronald Waymire Sr. in 2006.
Chadbo was to be married November 19, 2011 to Alicia
Cobleigh. Other survivors include his mother, Zoe Bock
and step father, Kevin Bock of Leavenworth; great paternal
grandfather, Norman Goodman of Topeka; maternal grandmother,
Joy Waymire of Topeka; paternal grandparents, Keith
and Sharron Cushing and Kenny and Sandy Roberts, all
of Topeka; a brother, Dalton Bock of Leavenworth and
a sister, Bailey Coleman of Tonganoxie.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 4, 2011 at
2:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. He
will lie in state from noon 9:00 p.m. Thursday at the
Davidson Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Rochester
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society
of Atchison or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home. Online
condolences may be made at davidsonfuneral.com. Chad
at elevator remembered
UNRUH Salina Journal
Keil's interest in grain and agriculture stood out while
he was a student at Salina Central High School.
always liked dealing with grain and grain samples in
class," said Greg Anderes, an FFA adviser and teacher
move into the industry and eventual rise as a federal
grain inspector was natural for someone with his yearning
to learn about agriculture, Anderes said.
family was among those in Atchison since the weekend
when an explosion ripped through Bartlett Grain elevator.
Travis, 34, was among six killed in the blast. Two others
taught Travis Keil agriculture classes during all four
years at Central, and remembered his supportive parents,
Gary and Ramona Keil, who still reside in Salina.
was a good kid. That's a sad thing," Anderes said.
"My sympathies go out to them."
Central graduate, Travis won the state FFA agronomy
contest during his senior year, "which is a pretty
impressive thing to do," Anderes said. "He
was a nice kid. He worked hard trying to do what was
after graduating from high school, Keil launched his
career "at the bottom," Anderes said, pulling
grain samples from railcars "for six or seven dollars
worked for Kansas Grain Inspection Service, a private
firm based in Topeka. The company is designated by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the quality
of grain in Kansas, Tom Tunnell said Monday. He is president
and CEO of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association.
veteran, Travis worked as a site inspector for 16 years.
children, Justine, 15; Teagan, 12; and McKinley, 8,
were in Atchison Monday with other family members when
the last of the bodies were recovered.
Keil was a "likeable" kid with a "super
attitude," said Gary Harding, former wrestling
coach at Central, who coached both Travis and his brother,
don't know if he ever missed a practice. He gave 100
percent at all times," Harding said. "Travis
got along good with the rest of the wrestlers and improved
from year to year. He wasn't a state champion, but he
won his share."
of Travis' death was a shock, Harding said.
feel totally upset and sick about the whole thing,"
Harding said. "It's almost like getting hit by
Tim Unruh can be reached at 822-1419 or by email at