The Kind Of Guy That Would Wait Around

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The Kind of Guy That Would Wait Around


"The friend that would pick you up from the airport, wait around for a couple of hours because you told him the wrong flight time, and still be there when the plane landed to greet you with a smile and comforting words"



     Those are the words written by a fellow marine about Kyle Renehan in this touching tribute that I found online today.  Every year, I make it a point to look back on Memorial Kyle J Renehan Day and December 9 (the day he passed), remember him, and share a thought or something about him.  What's really cool is every year I discover something new - another person somewhere out there in the world that knew Kyle, and saw the light that shined from this special soul.


     Kyle was taken from the world when he was just 21 years old.  Serving as a Marine in Iraq, a mortar attack inflicted damage that he just couldn't get through - but in true Kyle spirit, he managed to stick around for a few days to be airlifted to Germany and stayed with the world long enough for his family to get there and say their goodbyes.  



     So who was Kyle?  He was a high school classmate - like me, he moved to Oxford, PA from out of the area.  We were both athletes, shared study hall, and worked together at a retirement home for a few years before he shipped off to the Marines.  I don't think I ever saw the guy get angry.  Hell, I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face - he loved his family, loved his friends, loved his country, and loved life.  After he left for the Marines, we'd keep in touch regularly (thanks AOL AIM!!!) and he always seemed to be doing well - one of his goals in life was to be a Marine, so even in 100+ degree temps, carrying gear around, bored on a base most of the time, he was living out his dream.


     There were a lot of really special things about Kyle - like me, he wasn't the biggest guy.  But when football practice rolled around, he wouldn't hesitate to take on (and sometimes, take out) the biggest guy.  He was strong - in physical strength and mentally.  He was someone you could count on  - to help, or just to pick you up on a day when things were down.  He was the type of guy that the world could use more of.  


     Keep in mind this Memorial Day weekend, that there are hundreds, even thousands, of other Kyles.  People who lived their dream of service.  People who wanted to be their best every day, continue to get better, and were willing to put in the work to do it - the DOERS, not talkers.  Say a prayer for them, remember them, and if you knew them personally, share a story, and let someone else know about them.  Honor their life.  And celebrate the hell out of Memorial Day - - yes, it's OK to laugh, BBQ, drink, play, and enjoy the company of others.  It's what Kyle would want.  It's the life we're blessed to live that he went to Iraq for.  Just make sure to remember Kyle, and all of the others that we celebrate this weekend.




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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife has told me stories about her Army Ranger who did multiple tours in Vietnam.

His name is on the Wall in Washington, D.C.

I wish that I could have known him.

May 25, 2019 03:13 PM #14
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

John, A great reminder of the why this holiday exists.  Those that serve know what COULD happen, and hope that is doesn't.

May 25, 2019 04:47 PM #15
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

John, That's such a nice tribute. We're so blessed to have guys like Kyle out there fighting for us. It isn't something to be taken lightly!

May 26, 2019 05:51 AM #16
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Memorial Day has turned into the first weekend of summer and most have forgotten how hard it was to get here.  Great Tribute!!  Everyone needs a friend like Kyle.

May 26, 2019 06:20 AM #17
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Beautiful tribute.  

May 26, 2019 06:44 AM #18
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This holiday weekend is a very somber one for those who have lost loved ones during their military service.  Thanks for highlighting Kyle's story and sharing it with us.

May 26, 2019 07:33 AM #19
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Oorah!  A lovely tribute and a great show of appreciation for those we keep in memory this weekend --- those who have paid the ultimate price for all we have today.

May 26, 2019 07:59 AM #20
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thank you for sharing Kyle's story.     What a loss.

May 26, 2019 08:44 AM #21
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi John,
What a wonderful tribute to Kyle.  You and Kyle were fortunate to spend a part of your lives as friends.  And, now, you have shared Kyle's spirit with us. That you!

May 26, 2019 09:31 AM #22
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

John, thank you for sharing this tribute for the enormous sacrifice of one of our nation's admirable young warriors.

May 26, 2019 01:41 PM #23
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

John, thank you for telling us about your friend, Kyle. We are in infinite debt to those who protect us; in the past, present and future and should never forget them.   

May 26, 2019 09:22 PM #24
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Such a great tribute to a special man. It makes you proud and sad all at one time. Thanking people for their service and remembering those who didnt come home is not enough. I wish we could do more to honor them

thank you for sharing Kyle with us. God Bless and keep you all.

May 27, 2019 12:43 AM #25
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Next time we visit a place or partake in a privilege a moment of pause for those that supported, preserved and committed to this way of life to go on for us all is warranted. The heart knows what to due when paused for this purpose. Let it

May 27, 2019 06:31 AM #26
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Wonderful tribute to your friend, Kyle, John and how wonderful of you to, each year, add something to your tribute to him. It is a sobering day but, you're so right, Kyle and his fallen comrades fought and ultimately paid the price for our freedoms. As we enjoy them today, it is so important to take the time to pay respect to them, John.

May 27, 2019 07:05 AM #27
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

John, remembering Kyle and others who have died for our freedoms today. Thank you for sharing about him. He sounds like he was an awesome person.

May 27, 2019 02:08 PM #28
Jana Holmstrup
Jana Holmstrup - CEO - Kings Mortgage Services, Inc. - Visalia, CA


May 27, 2019 06:16 PM #29
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sad story, but a very touching tribute to Kyle and all the others out there who put their lives on the line so we can sit back and enjoy this day and every day. Thanks.

May 27, 2019 07:08 PM #30
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

John, You did the memory of your friend a great tribute. Thank you!


May 27, 2019 07:58 PM #31
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thank you all for the comments - each of you reading about Kyle makes this post so rewarding.  I truly appreciate the kind words and sentiment.

May 28, 2019 01:16 PM #32
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

A great way to celebrate the life of a fallen hero, thank you for sharing Kyle's journey of life. I visit my first cousin at least twice a year, Memorial Day and 4th of July to pay tribute for his sacrifice. He died in Vietnam, only 23 years young and a patriot. May God Bless all who serve in our armed forces, their families and to those warriors who have given all.

Jun 09, 2019 02:39 PM #33
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