Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, age 22, died on November 3, 2012 while serving his country in the Paktiya Province in Afghanistan.
Ryan was born on May 17, 1990 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Paul E. Jayne and Kent and Sherry Skeens. Before moving to the Corning area, he attended the Troy Area School District. A 2008 graduate of Corning East High School, he was the recipient of the Judi McCort Memorial Scholarship for exemplifying courage, hard work, responsibility and dependability. He attended Corning Community College before joining the United States Armed Forces on Sept. 1, 2010, with an MOS of 12 Bravo Combat Engineer, specializing in route clearance.
Ryan first and foremost had a love of family. He wanted to be a part of every family event. He was always the biggest fan of any of his brothers. No matter what sport was being played, he found himself a front row seat and cheered louder and prouder than anyone else. He was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and couldn't wait for the start of each season. His pride and joy was the Monte Carlo SS that he was restoring. He took great pride in each and every detail. Ryan loved to laugh, loved to make others smile, and could light up a room with his own smile.
Ryan is survived by his father: Paul E. Jayne of Mansfield; his mother and step-father: Sherry and Kent Skeens of Corning, N.Y.; six siblings Adam Jayne of Canisteo, N.Y., Emily Skeens of Washington, Ga., Jacob Skeens of Corning, N.Y., Trent Skeens of Corning, N.Y., Ayzia Jayne of New Albany and Garrett Skeens of Corning, N.Y.; maternal grandparents Ronald and Letitia Pine of Waverly, N.Y., Roger and Sheila Skeens of Burnsville, Miss.; paternal grandfather Paul L. Jayne of Monroeton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ryan was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Beverly Jayne.
The American Red Cross has organized a flag line route from the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport along Route 352 into the city of Corning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. The community is invited to stand along the procession route to show honor and respect to our fallen hero and his family as Ryan is brought home. The Red Cross will publish the route prior to Tuesday.
Friends and family are invited to calling hours fron 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at Corning East High School auditorium.
A service will immediately follow in the auditorium at 8 p.m.
Following the funeral service, full military honors will take place at the Corning East High School Stadium.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks anyone wishing to donate in Ryan's name to the USO, https://www.uso.org/donate or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, CFC No. 11425.
Condolences for Ryan's family may be left at www.carpentersfuneralhome.com.
Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC in Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in Daily Review on Nov. 11, 2012