ELKHART — Jared Lyle has had a busy year – and it’s only June.
The Jimtown native graduated from Army basic training and graduated from high school. He got engaged, got married and is now stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Lyle knew at a young age he wanted to be an Army soldier, his family said.
Following in the footsteps of his father, his “papaw” and his great-grandfather, Lyle worked hard to finish classes at Jimtown High School in December 2018 and quickly left Elkhart on Jan. 14 for Fort Benning, Georgia, for basic training. He completed his infantry training and graduated on May 3 with his family there to cheer him on.
He was given notice on May 29 he would be stationed in Alaska and was granted 10 days leave to come home to Jimtown.
Lyle arrived home May 31 just in time to surprise his classmates at their commencement practice. Jared walked with his friends at their high school commencement on June 2.
On June 3, he asked his high school sweetheart, Elaina Hurtekant, to marry him. Their wedding was June 7 followed by a two-day honeymoon at Lake Michigan.
Three days later, his family said, Lyle packed everything he could into four large bags and boarded his plane to Fairbanks, Alaska, his new home, soon to be joined by his bride.
“Jared and Elaina are ready for this journey,” his mother, Karen Dodge, said. “They are avid adventurists and are extremely excited about living in Alaska and taking in all it has to offer.”