on January 30, 2014 - 6:40 PM
Nov. 12, 1926 – Jan. 28, 2014
Donald L. Rung, a retired Tops Markets official, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School and served stateside in the Army Air Forces as a sheet metal worker in an aircraft repair unit during World War II.
Mr. Rung worked for several years in his father’s furniture store, Rung Furniture, then joined Tops Markets in 1964.
As Tops’ director of regulatory and environmental services, he supervised the cleanliness of stores and oversaw product recalls. He retired in 1996.
A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, he was a member of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, and the Western New York Sanitarians Association.
He also took part in the Million Veteran Program, donating blood for research into diseases that affect veterans.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Rojene G. Scherzinger; two sons, Gary and Craig; a daughter, Gail Purpura; eight granddaughters; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.