Dr. Mark Timothy Rukavina
Tuesday 25th of November 1980 - Friday 18th of October 2019
Dr. Mark Timothy Rukavina of Louisville, Kentucky, beloved Husband of Sheri Greene Rukavina and Father to Luke Timothy Rukavina and Anna Love Rukavina, passed away at age 38 from a long and very courageous fight against cholangiocarcinoma on Friday, October 19, 2019 at 2:20 P.M.
Mark was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on November 25, 1980. He grew up in Louisville until the age of 11 when he moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1999. In May of 2003, he graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a major in Economics and a minor in Leadership and Organizations.
Mark went on to medical school at the Univerity of Louisville where he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 2009. Afterward, he completed three years of residency at the University of Louisville Department of Emergency Medicine. Upon graduation he started his career, working for Team Health and served as the Medical Director at Jewish East hospital in Louisville, Ky.
In addition to his wife and children, he leaves his father, Mark Wistrich Rukavina of Lexington, Ky and two brothers, Sean Patrick Rukavina (Jessica) of Lexington, Ky and Matthew Scallon Rukavina (Gabby) of Houston, Texas. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Scallon Rukavina and by his son, Mark Richard Rukavina.
Friends may call from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th at Milward - Man O'War located at 1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 25th at 12:00 pm at Cathedral of Christ the King located at 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington 40502. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery located 874 West Main St, Lexington, KY 40508. Father Jim Sichko, Papal Missionary will officiate and Father Gino Donatelli, SJ will be presiding at Mass. Memorial contribution options can be made to: The Catholic Diocese of Lexington, c/o FJS Preaching Ministry, 1310 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508.
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I am absolutely heartbroken for Mark’s passing. I rememberred our last conversation on Oct 4th he was fine and full of energy. But now he is happy up there in heaven with his Mom, Linda as an angel looking after his wife, Sheri and 2 kids Luke and Anna, his Dad Mark Sr and brothers Matt /Gabby/Emilia/Branko, Sean/Jessica, please stay strong. May God give your family strength, comfort, blessing and healing to get through this. Your Friend from Jakarta Indonesia Adrian Bawono
Sheri- You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Rukavina was such an amazing man! I am so honored to have been able to work with him. Sending love and prayers!