Paul B. Rung



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.