TROY - A young man remembered by a family member as a "Troy boy" was among three soldiers who recently died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y., a Troy native, died of wounds suffered Nov. 3, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province, Afghanistan, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Also killed were Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, N.Y. and Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, N.Y. They were assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Oswego, N.Y.

Jayne's aunt, Kathy Pine Close, called Jayne a "Troy boy," noting that he was raised in Troy until about the time he was in middle school, when his family moved.

His mother is Sherry Pine Skeens, his stepfather is Kent Skeens, and his father is Paul


In an email, Close said the 22-year-old, who was her sister's son, was "a very special young man" who "always had a smile on his face."

"He enjoyed life to its fullest and was looking forward to getting married and having children some day," she said. "He would have been a great husband and daddy. Ryan was very family-oriented and was the Dallas Cowboys No. 1 fan! The family is very proud of Ryan and his service to our country. He will be greatly missed."

She said that Jayne was well known in the Troy area. In addition, Close noted that Jayne recently visited home while he was leave, before returning to duty on Oct. 29. She said he had just two and a half months left in his tour of duty.

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