W3KH - June 11, 2005

Eugene 'Buck' Ruperto
QCWA Life Member
Pittsburgh Ch 6

W3KH - Buck RupertoBuck was life member of QCWA and a member of Pittsburgh Chapter 6. A most interesting and helpful man. His work on "multi-polarized"(double helix)satellite receiving antennas made a QST cover story.

de W3SVJ
Hi Nate,

Buck passed away June 11, 2005. I miss him terribly and love him dearly. Here is a copy of the obit..which he wrote himself. He was fine one day and went downhill the next day and died. Jane his wife...

Retired from FAA at Greater Pittsburgh airport Eugene "Buck" Ruperto, 72, of Washington, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born August 21, 1932, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, the firstborn son of Frank and Bertha Griskey Ruperto.

He was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church in Washington and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1083. He was a 1950 graduate of Central Catholic High School.

During the Korean War, Mr. Ruperto served in the Army Security Agency, a military branch of the National Security Agency, gathering communications intelligence.

He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 30 years of government service. He served 15 years as an air-traffic controller and 15 years in management as data systems manager, all at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.

Mr. Ruperto had many hobbies and interests. As a teenager, he obtained an amateur radio license and a commercial operator's license. Before starting with the Civil Aviation Administration, he was hired by American Airlines as a commercial operator. He obtained a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine, single-engine seaplane instrument ratings. He was a flight instructor for airplane instruments and gliders.

In August 1962, he married Jane Griggs, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa (Paul) Gasper of Canonsburg and Bertha (Wally) Miller of Harrisville; a son, Frank (Shay) Ruperto of Royal Oak, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.