6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
April 23, 1952 ~ February 5, 2019
Rodney Glenn Lungren was born April 23, 1952. He was the third child born to Clifford and Ruth Lungren, and lived on a farm north of Corbin with his older sisters Adonna and Amy.
In 1960, the family moved to a farm on Highway 49, northwest of Corbin. Rod loved to farm and worked beside his dad in all aspects of farming. He joined the freshman class of Caldwell High School and during the next four years, played trombone in the CHS Band, as well as participated on the CHS football, basketball and track teams. Rod graduated with the CHS Class of 1970.
After graduation, Rod earned a football scholarship to Wichita State University. During that fall, he made good friendships with two other freshmen, John Potts and Ric Dvorak. Red shirt and freshman players did not travel with the teams. On October 2, 1970, one of the two planes carrying the WSU Shocker Football team en route to play at Logan, Utah, crashed in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Rod and the remaining freshman players finished the season for their lost teammates. Every time the young team entered a stadium after the crash, there was a standing ovation. This was clearly a life changing event for Rod.
After the second year of football, Rod chose to leave WSU and pursue a degree in agriculture. He transferred to Fort Hays State University where, for two years, he was a defensive tackle for the Tigers. He graduated with a degree in agriculture. Early in his senior year, a pretty blonde freshman caught his eye. Love bloomed and Rod married Pam Danielson on May 31, 1974. They had three daughters, Missy, Traci & Sara, who were raised on their family farm east of Caldwell. Rod and his family continued to farm for 44 years making many memories along the way.
Rod was able to attend the 2018 Lungren Reunion last July in Breckenridge, Colorado where, along the way, he was able to stop and visit the 1970 WSU football crash memorial.
Rod was a lifelong member of Corbin United Methodist Church where he held numerous positions within the Church. He was also a Trustee of the Falls Township and was on the Corzine Cemetery Board.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Rod passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side.
Rod is survived by his wife, Pam, daughters Missy (Dustin) Atkins, Traci (AJ) Lewis, and Sara (Casey) Walkup, as well as his grandchildren, Conner, Keely, and Kylie Atkins, Nixon and Kyler Lewis, and Blakely and Brogan Walkup.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Corbin United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be given in memory of Rod to the Pancreatic Cancer Association or go to pancan.org to make a donation. They may also be given to the First Assembly of God for mission project in South Africa and left in care of the mortuary.