Jayne Arra (Kyner) Luckenbaugh, 82

OBIT LuckenbaughJayne Arra (Kyner) Luckenbaugh passed away Monday afternoon at Saratoga Hospital after a short illness.

Born Aug. 20, 1931, in a farmhouse outside of Green Village, Pa., Jayne was the 10th of 11 children born to Edson and Daisy (Warren) Kyner. Jayne was the last surviving member of the family, having been predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Lydia, Euphemia and Margaret, as well as her brothers, William, Robert, John, Clark, Gilman, Thomas, and her twin brother, James.

Growing up during the depression, Jayne learned to work hard to help her family survive lean years, all while attending a one-room schoolhouse in Green Village three miles away. Upon graduating in 8th grade, Jayne continued her education and graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1949. During that time – after the death of her sister, Lydia – Jayne and her mother raised Lydia’s two sons, Peter and George.

She continued to help raise her nephews upon graduation from high school, and still found time to work 40 hours a week while attending Shippensburg State College. In 1953, she became the only member of her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. It was one of her proudest moments. Years later, she would laugh while telling the story of how – despite a nearly pathological fear of water – she managed to pass a swimming class that she needed in order to earn her degree. She would say it was the last time she would jump into the deep end.

Upon graduation from college, she began working for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at Caledonia State Park in Pennsylvania. It was there, after finding herself locked in the bathroom and unable to get out, that she would meet her future husband when he climbed through a window to rescue her.

Jayne and Gordon “Lucky” Luckenbaugh would marry on Dec. 22, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Green Village, and later, when “Lucky” enrolled at Penn State University, she would help put him through school by working as a waitress. Also during those years, in January of 1959, she gave birth to her son, Greg.

When “Lucky” was hired as a game warden at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, Jayne put her business skills to work as a secretary involved in what was at the time at top-secret government study. Only after congressional hearings in the 1970s exposed that the U.S. Military had been conducted studies involving LSD and its effects on servicemen would Jayne share what she had been privy too.

During her time at Edgewood, in September of 1965, Jayne gave birth to her daughter, Susan. Shortly thereafter, when “Lucky” took a job with the United States Forest Service in the Hoosier National Forest in Tell City, Indiana, Jayne had the opportunity to use her knowledge in the classroom, becoming a high school business teacher at Perry Central High School. From 1967 to 1973, Jayne was a beloved teacher whose students always remembered one of her favorite quotes: “I kid you not; the time you’ve wasted can never be regained.”

Jayne tried to live her life according to that motto, and when “Lucky” was transferred one last time – this time to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont – she quickly found employment with the Granville Central School District. From 1974 until her retirement in 1998, she used her typing, shorthand and business skills to serve as the administrative assistant for several district superintendents at Granville.

Upon retirement, Jayne devoted herself to caring for her children – even though they were already grown adults – as well as her granddaughter, Amy, whom she tirelessly spoiled rotten. Even into her 80s, she continued to fill their homes and hearts with her infectious laughter, which will now be greatly missed.

Jayne is survived by her son, Greg, and his wife, Sharon, of Queensbury, her granddaughter, Amy, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her daughter, Susan, of Ballston Spa.

There will be no calling hours. Interment and a graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Mettowee Valley Cemetery in Granville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert J King Funeral Home, Granville, N.Y.

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