Hero Marine MSGT Rodney Buentello

$81,851 of $90,000 goal

Raised by 1,455 people in 31 months
LC
Loretta Chapa
on behalf of Lisa Buentello
 SAN ANTONIO, TX
Please help us raise funds for the family of fallen hero MSGT Rodney Buentello. He showed immense bravery and selflessness while rescuing two teenagers from drowning near a dam in Bandera County Park. Rodney was a Marine Corps veteran who served one tour in Afghanistan and three tours in Iraq, was awarded two purple hearts and recieved numerous commendations.  We are immensely grateful for Rodney's service to our country and for the ultimate sacrifice he made to save two young lives.  Rodney passed away at age 42, leaving behind a wife named Lisa, with whom he has two sons ages eight and nine, as well as a twenty year old son. He graduated from John Jay High School in San Antonio, TX in 1992 and I am our reunion committee's chairperson.  He was our fellow classmate and our friend so we are raising money to help his wife with the care of his young children, as Rodney was the primary breadwinner for the family and had no life insurance.  Anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated and will go straight to his wife, who I am in direct contact with. Please help us honor this brave hero by assisting his family through this extremely difficult time.
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Update 3
Posted by Loretta Chapa
31 months ago
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Words cannot describe the level of gratitude the family has for each and every person who has so graciously helped out. Thank you simply is not enough.
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Update 2
Posted by Loretta Chapa
31 months ago
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On behalf of Rodney's wife Lisa we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for your support. Lisa said the candle light vigil yesterday was nothing short of amazing and the monetary donations have left her speechless. Many of you have asked about the arrangements that have been made so I am including a link below so those of you interested can obtain the information.
http://www.castleridgemortuary.com/Blog/2016/06/10/rodney-lee-buentello/
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Update 1
Posted by Loretta Chapa
31 months ago
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Thank you so much to everyone for your outpouring of support it means so much to Rodney's wife Lisa. Your generosity and kind words are appreciated more than you know.
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Rita Ybarra Espinosa
31 months ago

Wow.....I'm loving how family, friends and even people who didn't even know this heroic person are coming through for the family! I didn't get the pleasure of knowing him but my heart breaks for him and the loved ones he left behind❤

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Joey Linda Hernandez
31 months ago

There are few endeavors as selfless as becoming a United States Marine. This team-first mentality becomes part of every Marine's DNA, from the battlefields they serve on to the communities they serve in. Although I did not know MSgt. Buentello, he epitomized what it is to be a Marine. - Semper Fi brother

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Chris Rodriguez
31 months ago

I know a donation can't even come close to patching the loss that the family is going through but I hope that it can at least make it easier. I am very sorry for your loss. Rest easy brother. Semper Fi.

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Linda Pierce Barker
31 months ago

My Heart and prayers go out to Friends and Family of MSGT Rodney Buentello! What a True Hero and Wonderful Man to give his life to save 2 total Strangers! God Bless!!!

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Fred Keeney
31 months ago

Rodney and I served together and were fees for years. Please please please let me know what and when services will be held- I will be there.

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Brandy Wright Burbante
31 months ago
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I am so thankful for all the generosity in this world. No matter how the family chooses to spend the money, this is the least that can be done for such a selfless sacrifice!

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Joe Torres
31 months ago
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There is a destiny that makes us brothers; No one goes his way alone...may The Lord Bless You, Keep You, May He make His Heart beat in yours and gladden you home with rings on your fingers, a robe around you and a party of unending food, laughter, drink and blessings of heartfelt rest and happiness eternally brother...Semper Fi

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Davina Weaver
31 months ago
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I didn't know MSGT. Buentello but I am a 13 year and counting Marine Mom. Even though he was no longer active duty, he was still a Marine to the end. I know he he exemplified true Esprit de Corps to the end. Thank you from a grateful Marine Mom and from a grateful Nation. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

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Frank Meraz
31 months ago
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I didn't know him as well as most of you did. I played a couple seasons of softball for him, he was the Coach of one of the base teams in Iwakuni, Japan. To me, he was Coach B. He had a way of getting the best out of everyone, and leaves behind a legacy of young men and women that are better from knowing and learning from him. Rest easy, Coach B. With Great Respect, Frank M. #33

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Keith Clement
31 months ago
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Thank-you for your service and sacrifice. Truly a hero in many ways.

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Pete N Vicki Martinez
31 months ago
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I would like to send our condolences from the Buentello family in Rosenberg TX. We are saddened and our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

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Gib-Gil Mason
31 months ago
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I HAVE NOT RCVD MY RCPT YET FOR MY DONATION, PLEASE FOLLOW UP.

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Larry Reid
31 months ago
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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

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Terry Ann
31 months ago
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I am so saddened for the loss of this husband, father, son, HERO. I know the teens he saved and their families will be forever grateful. I wish I could have donated more, but funds are something I just don't have right now. I am happy to see the goal has almost been met and I pray if well continues to grow to assist his wife and children through such a difficult time ahead. God Bless MSGT Rodney Buentello and his family.

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Gib-Gil Mason
31 months ago
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Amazing support for this HERO. No way to thank all[ of you. Just simply amazing for the family.

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Kat Pryor
30 months ago
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I did not know Marine MSGT Rodney Buentello but he was a John Jay High graduate which makes him family in our community. I have asked family and friends to contribute and I will contribute myself before the end of this month. MSGT Buentello risked his life for someone in trouble and I will give what I can to honor him for his brave and selfless act of love for people. Much prayer and hugs to the family. I pray that you reach your financial goal very soon.

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CrystalChris Guevara
21 months ago

Sorry to hear about your loss ...I remember meeting him at doctor Kellums in 1999 he was a great man ....and now he is a great man of god....

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Justin Jacobs
25 months ago

THESE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT THE MARINE CORPS PRODUCES....SELFLESS, KIND HEARTED, AND DETERMINED INDIVIDUALS.....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE MGST! FOR ALL OF THOSE THAT STAND WITH US PLEASE HELP ME SAVE MARINES LIVES ...PLEASE SEARCH MARINE CORPS SAVE A LIFE CAMPAIGN

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Brenda Gibbs Bonnell
31 months ago

My deepest sympathies to the family of Rodney Buentello. May God grant unto him eternal peace.

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Raised by 1,455 people in 31 months
Created June 9, 2016
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on behalf of Lisa Buentello
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Aaron Armstrong
6 months ago

Semper Fi MSgt.

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Melody Gabbard
11 months ago

Never forgotten.

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Nezille Oard
19 months ago
JM
$20
Jim Miller
19 months ago
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Vincent Byrd
19 months ago
$101
Anonymous
19 months ago
JG
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Jose Gomez
19 months ago
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$20
Anthony Ramirez
19 months ago

R.I.P MSGT my condolences to the family & friends. Semper Fi

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$15
Tyler Irwin
19 months ago
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$25
Islamn Kendrick-Hairston
19 months ago

RAH MSGT Thank you for your service and your bravery. My condolences to the family. Rest easy

Rita Ybarra Espinosa
31 months ago

Wow.....I'm loving how family, friends and even people who didn't even know this heroic person are coming through for the family! I didn't get the pleasure of knowing him but my heart breaks for him and the loved ones he left behind❤

+ Read More
Joey Linda Hernandez
31 months ago

There are few endeavors as selfless as becoming a United States Marine. This team-first mentality becomes part of every Marine's DNA, from the battlefields they serve on to the communities they serve in. Although I did not know MSgt. Buentello, he epitomized what it is to be a Marine. - Semper Fi brother

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Chris Rodriguez
31 months ago

I know a donation can't even come close to patching the loss that the family is going through but I hope that it can at least make it easier. I am very sorry for your loss. Rest easy brother. Semper Fi.

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Linda Pierce Barker
31 months ago

My Heart and prayers go out to Friends and Family of MSGT Rodney Buentello! What a True Hero and Wonderful Man to give his life to save 2 total Strangers! God Bless!!!

+ Read More
Fred Keeney
31 months ago

Rodney and I served together and were fees for years. Please please please let me know what and when services will be held- I will be there.

+ Read More
Brandy Wright Burbante
31 months ago
8
8

I am so thankful for all the generosity in this world. No matter how the family chooses to spend the money, this is the least that can be done for such a selfless sacrifice!

+ Read More
Joe Torres
31 months ago
4
4

There is a destiny that makes us brothers; No one goes his way alone...may The Lord Bless You, Keep You, May He make His Heart beat in yours and gladden you home with rings on your fingers, a robe around you and a party of unending food, laughter, drink and blessings of heartfelt rest and happiness eternally brother...Semper Fi

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Davina Weaver
31 months ago
4
4

I didn't know MSGT. Buentello but I am a 13 year and counting Marine Mom. Even though he was no longer active duty, he was still a Marine to the end. I know he he exemplified true Esprit de Corps to the end. Thank you from a grateful Marine Mom and from a grateful Nation. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

+ Read More
Frank Meraz
31 months ago
3
3

I didn't know him as well as most of you did. I played a couple seasons of softball for him, he was the Coach of one of the base teams in Iwakuni, Japan. To me, he was Coach B. He had a way of getting the best out of everyone, and leaves behind a legacy of young men and women that are better from knowing and learning from him. Rest easy, Coach B. With Great Respect, Frank M. #33

+ Read More
Keith Clement
31 months ago
3
3

Thank-you for your service and sacrifice. Truly a hero in many ways.

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Pete N Vicki Martinez
31 months ago
3
3

I would like to send our condolences from the Buentello family in Rosenberg TX. We are saddened and our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

+ Read More
Gib-Gil Mason
31 months ago
3
3

I HAVE NOT RCVD MY RCPT YET FOR MY DONATION, PLEASE FOLLOW UP.

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Larry Reid
31 months ago
2
2

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

+ Read More
Terry Ann
31 months ago
2
2

I am so saddened for the loss of this husband, father, son, HERO. I know the teens he saved and their families will be forever grateful. I wish I could have donated more, but funds are something I just don't have right now. I am happy to see the goal has almost been met and I pray if well continues to grow to assist his wife and children through such a difficult time ahead. God Bless MSGT Rodney Buentello and his family.

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Gib-Gil Mason
31 months ago
2
2

Amazing support for this HERO. No way to thank all[ of you. Just simply amazing for the family.

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Kat Pryor
30 months ago
1
1

I did not know Marine MSGT Rodney Buentello but he was a John Jay High graduate which makes him family in our community. I have asked family and friends to contribute and I will contribute myself before the end of this month. MSGT Buentello risked his life for someone in trouble and I will give what I can to honor him for his brave and selfless act of love for people. Much prayer and hugs to the family. I pray that you reach your financial goal very soon.

+ Read More
CrystalChris Guevara
21 months ago

Sorry to hear about your loss ...I remember meeting him at doctor Kellums in 1999 he was a great man ....and now he is a great man of god....

+ Read More
Justin Jacobs
25 months ago

THESE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT THE MARINE CORPS PRODUCES....SELFLESS, KIND HEARTED, AND DETERMINED INDIVIDUALS.....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE MGST! FOR ALL OF THOSE THAT STAND WITH US PLEASE HELP ME SAVE MARINES LIVES ...PLEASE SEARCH MARINE CORPS SAVE A LIFE CAMPAIGN

+ Read More
Brenda Gibbs Bonnell
31 months ago

My deepest sympathies to the family of Rodney Buentello. May God grant unto him eternal peace.

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