Doug Rung was born in Lincoln and received a bachelor’s degree in education with majors in history and geography and a master of education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He taught social studies courses for 28 years in Geneva Junior-Senior High School. Rung worked for M-C Industries (Sunflower Marketing) in Geneva for 10 1/2 years before retiring in 2007. He is currently the president of the Fillmore County Historical Society and is a member of a Civil War re-enactors unit. He has traveled in a covered wagon on the major immigrant trails in Nebraska and recently followed part of the Lewis and Clark Trail from Nebraska to Idaho. He is a member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Stuhr Museum, and the Gettysburg Battle Foundation.