Life Story Service
A reception will follow in the Life Story Center where food, refreshments, and stories can be shared.
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Life Story / Obituary
When reflecting on the life of Patrick Renoos, it is easy to see his unwavering strength and his unconditional love for his family. He was well known for his sense of humor and his optimistic outlook. A proud husband, father and grandfather, Pat was overjoyed to watch his family tree grow to include so many loved ones. He was a firm believer in the importance of family, and he always poured his heart into whatever he did. Deeply loved, Pat will be dearly missed.
Norman and Colleen (Greene) Renoos were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Patrick on October 12, 1961, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Growing up, Pat was raised in a loving family alongside his siblings, Dawn, Julie, Joan, Daniel, and Allison, and though they rivaled each other at times as siblings do, they were always there for each other when it truly counted. Norm worked for an airline and instilled in Pat a love of travel and the aviation industry that would carry through his life. He formed a tight-knit group of friends in high school who were just as close as brothers. The group took several trips together including canoeing in the Baldwin area, golfing at Olde Mill, and playing poker on various camping trips. Pat loved spending time with these friends whenever possible. He was also able to backpack through Europe with a friend during college, staying in hostels and tents.
Pat was always a blessed man, but one of his greatest blessings came as he was reintroduced to the woman who would soon become the love of his life. Her name was Karen, and after having gone to high school together the two met again years later while going out with other friends for Valentine’s Day. Both Pat and Karen were dateless at the time, and Karen’s sister introduced them and got them talking. It didn’t take the two long to realize that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Pat and Karen went on to get married and spent a wonderful 28 years together, building a family and a future for themselves.
As loved ones can attest, nothing mattered more to Pat than his family. Throughout their years together, he and Karen provided a loving home and steadfast guidance to their four children: Stefanie, Mark, Joshua, and Audrey. He did his best to raise them into kind and hardworking individuals. He bestowed his wisdom on them whenever he could, relating back to lessons he had learned in his own life. He enjoyed family time together, playing games as a family, though his competitive nature shone through never letting them win a game easily and often getting into friendly arguments over rules.
Later in life, Pat was thrilled to become a grandfather as well. He adored his grandchildren and doted on them whenever he could. Pat enjoyed playing ping pong and darts with the grandchildren, and he would often take them to McDonald’s for a special treat. He also liked to take the grandchildren to father-daughter dances. Family values were everything to Pat, and he always considered himself blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones.
To support himself and his family, Pat worked for the Airlines until the early 2000’s. After the airline industry started downsizing, instead of transferring out of state away from two of his children, Pat took a job at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), commuting to Detroit every day. Later, Pat moved to work at airports in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas. Recently, he was promoted to Lead Cargo Transportation Security Inspector at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Pat really found a passion in his work at the TSA, reveling in the challenges and opportunities to learn that it provided him. He held this position with honor and dignity. At work, Pat was known to frequently share pictures and stories of his children and grandchildren, his cubical becoming a shrine of pictures of his family. Anyone could easily see how much he treasured his family and friends, and he strove to provide for them in any way he could.
From a young age, Pat was a natural prankster who loved to joke around. He enjoyed telling dad jokes, and for his 60th birthday party he dressed up as an “old man” as his family proudly plastered his age on countless signs and party favors all over the house. Early on in his career, Pat would often pull pranks with/on his colleagues at the airport as well. He loved making people laugh and spreading a smile to everyone that he interacted with.
Pat pursued many hobbies to stay busy in his free time. His hobbies revolved around spending time with those he loved and his love of competition. Pat enjoyed going snowmobiling for the first time this past winter. He was very excited, though he had never been before. It was an excuse to go out with some of his close friends, so he headed to Costco to find the warmest gear he could, sharing his new outfit in a picture to his family demonstrating how much he was looking forward to the trip. He was an avid poker player and always loved telling stories. Pat was very smart and liked to use his huge vocabulary to make jokes and poke fun at himself. He would often refer to himself as “The Wise One” and “The Funniest Person I Ever Met.” Pat would frequently joke about God’s timing, saying that as a child he’d wished to have appendicitis so that he could have a train and ice cream like his brother, Danny. He would say that God answered those prayers, but only years after he was a grandfather. In his younger years, Pat enjoyed staying active by running races, biking, and cross-country skiing. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, and he was always able to take any situation and make it a positive thing for those around him.
All who knew Patrick Renoos can certainly agree that he truly understood the secret to a life well lived. He was a constant source of strength, even in the most difficult of times. Pat’s spirit of service and positivity allowed him to touch the hearts and lives of countless others. He treasured his family and friends above all else and cherished whatever time he could spend with his loved ones. Though he will be deeply missed, Pat leaves behind a priceless legacy that his loved ones will be proud to carry on in his footsteps.
Patrick Renoos, Of Lawton, Age 60, died on April 4, 2022. Patrick was preceded in death by his siblings: Mary Ellen Renoos, Michael Norman Renoos, and Julie Back. Surviving are his wife, Karen; children: Stefanie Stoneburner, Mark Stoneburner, Joshua (Lindsey) Renoos, and Audrey Renoos; grandchildren: Rylee, Tzari, Mark Jr., Thyme, and Evelyn; siblings: Dawn (Jerry) McLaughlin, Joan (Mark) O’Bryan, Daniel Renoos, Allison Renoos Hutchings; brother-in-law, James Back; step mother: Maria Antonieta Renoos; step-siblings: Diana Collins Puente, Juan Carlos (Stefania) Collins, Robert Collins; and nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Life Story Service will be held Monday (APR 18) at 11 AM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo 269-375-2900. A reception will follow in the Life Story Center where food, refreshments, and stories will be shared. Visit Patrick’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign his guestbook. Memorials may be directed to the Michigan-Ohio Chapter of Healing the Children, 2140 44th St SE, Ste 204, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.