Richard S. Rukat of Salisbury, Md., who was active in Scouting in the Buffalo area, died Monday in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, after a battle with cancer. He was 31.
Born in Glens Falls, he was a graduate of Hudson Falls High School, Mohawk Valley Community College and Buffalo State College, where he was a political science major. He was the first member of his family to earn a bachelor's degree.
He and his family lived in the Buffalo area from 1994 to 1998. An Eagle Scout as a youth, he volunteered as an adult Scout leader in Buffalo and was Orleans District executive in the Iroquois Trail Council until his transfer to the Del-Mar-Va Council in Maryland.
Very active in the Cub Day Camp program, he earned a district award of merit, received the James E. West Award and became commissioned as a professional Scout.
He was a member of the Young Republicans and Rotary International, where he served as a leader for a community service youth group in New York and a public relations committee chairman in Maryland. He also was a United Way board member.
Surviving are his wife, Jody Jean Sawyer Rukat, and their twin daughters, Meghan Jean and Katharine Jean.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Carleton Funeral Home, 68 Main St., Hudson Falls. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, West Fort Ann.