Paul Benson Rung, 95, of Florence, S.C., died Friday, March 17, 2017 at McLeod Hospice House. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., son of the late Edward L. and Ella Ackerson Rung. He is also predeceased by his wife, Betty Hinman Rung and a brother, Edward Rung.
Paul graduated from Riverside High School and was drafted into the U.S. Infantry, where he served for three years. He was a POW in Germany for nine months. After his service, Paul moved from Buffalo, NY to Florence in the late 60’s to work for Union Carbide.
He was a member of Central United Methodist Church for 46 years. There he served as an usher and was a money counter for over 20 years. He was a member of the Christian Family Sunday School Class, the Central Cross Connection Repair Team, the United Methodist Men and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. He was involved in both local and state missions with the United Methodist Mission groups. He went on the Peru Mission Trip, the Cuba Mission Trip and took two trips to Haiti. In 2012 he received the Paul Rung Lifetime Service Award. He drove the church van for Wacky Wednesday and, at 70 years old, participated in the water slides at Myrtle Beach with the children. When the church had special collections, he would take whatever was collected to places where they were needed. He was highly trained in responding to catastrophes. Paul was truly a servant.
He is survived by a brother, Richard C. (Dorothy) Rung of Carol Stream, IL; stepdaughter, Susan Jackson of Florence, SC, a niece, Judy (Carl) Pickard of Wheaton, IL; three nephews, Rick (Erin) Rung of Everett, WA, Keith (Kathy) Rung of Syracuse, NY, and David Rung of Tucson, AZ; great nieces, Jenn (Jason) Brzosowicz of Riverview, FL, Tiffany (Mike) Jeffries of Brooklyn, NY, and Megan Cournoyer of Tacoma, WA; great nephews, Jeremy Pickard of Provo, UT, and Bryan Pickard of Seattle, WA; great-great nieces, Kailynn and Addison Brzosowicz.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Central United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Florence National Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Central United Methodist Church
Friday April 28th, 2017
167 N. Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501
Florence National Cemetery
Friday April 28th, 2017
803 East National Cemetery Road
Florence, SC 29506
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Had the pleasure of watching my son interview Mr Rung about his war experience as part of his Eagle Scout project. He was truly a member of the "Greatest Generation ". Always a smile and kindness. Prayers for his family.
Submitted by Charlie Raines on Apr 26 2017 01:00:36 PM
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Rick Rung lit a candle on Mar 30 2017 05:35:29 PM
Uncle Paul you were truly a wonderful uncle. I can still remember some of the holidays and summer visits we spent together with the rest of the family. One of the fondest memories will always be the day you served as a groomsmen in my wedding ceremony to Erin. Until we meet again some day you will be remembered in my heart. I love you.
Submitted by Rick Rung, Nephew on Mar 29 2017 05:21:34 PM
Worked with Paul for 20+ years at Union Carbide. My sympathies go out to his family and friends. I consider myself fortunate to have known and worked with him.
Submitted by Millard Allen on Mar 22 2017 08:07:25 AM
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