LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Nathan said his brother dated Jessica, a native of Florence in Boone County, for about three years, and were married for three years. He mentioned both Ryan and Jessica were looking forward to being parents for the first time.
Jessica recently found out she is going to have a boy and is scheduled to be induced on Sept. 22. The baby will be born in Kentucky and will be named Brayden Kaine Austin.
Before graduating from South Laurel High School in 2006, Ryan worked as a teacher’s aide for Joey Marcum, a science teacher at South.
“Ryan was such an awesome young man,” Marcum said. “He was honest, hard working and dependable. You could depend on him for literally anything. He was just a real good guy.”
Ryan Austin’s youth pastor at West Corbin Baptist Church, Daniel Carmack, remembers him as the kind of person who always wanted to help others.
“Ryan was a kid that always served others; you never had to worry about him,” Carmack said. “His friends always wanted him to be around. He was the kind of guy that would walk into a room, find that one person sitting alone and would befriend them. That’s just how Ryan was. He was well liked.
“As he got older and joined the service and got married, he continued to serve people,” Carmack continued. “I’m sure the people he served with looked up to Ryan; it was hard not to look up to him, he was just that kind of guy. Losing Ryan is not just a loss to the family, it’s a loss to the military and our community. He was a great man, a great soldier and a loving husband. I’m very proud of how he turned out.”
“Ryan will be missed by his family, by the community he was raised in, and by everyone he knew and his life touched,” said his brother, Nathan Austin.
Funeral arrangements for Ryan D. Austin have been made at Corbin Funeral Home. For a full obituary see page 6A of this edition of The Sentinel-Echo.
CNHI staff writer Jeff Noble contributed to this story.