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Obituary For Dusty Rhodes

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While some of our readers may find this morbid, we have decided to carry the obituary of Dusty Rhodes. It's not something we do for every death in the business but given who Dusty was and how deep his roots are intertwined with everything we write about, I found it more than appropriate. A lot of our readers are grieving right now, so I thought some would like to read it.

The complete obituary is below:

RUNNELS, Virgil, Jr. (aka Dusty Rhodes), left this Earth on June 11, 2015. He was surrounded by his four children and his loving and devoted wife. He was preceded in death by parents, Virgil Runnels, Sr., Katherine Trefell and stepfather, Mike Trefell. Dusty is survived by his wife, Michelle Rubio Runnels; children, Dustin (Tarel), Kristin Ditto (Don), Teil Gergel (Kevin), and Cody (Brandi); grand-children, Dakota Runnels, Dalton and Dylan Ditto, and Maris and Kellan Gergel. Also survived by brother, Larry (Denay) of Louisville, CO; and sister, Connie Jones (Gary) of Pensacola, FL. Dusty and Michelle spent 37 years of devoted marital bliss. He was the ultimate provider and a legend for all the right reasons. The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Dr. Joe Chiaramonte and Bran-don Health Management for their loving care and support. The family requests donations in Dusty's memory to Connor's Cure ( and Joe Torre Safe At Home (

CLICK HERE to read the obituary in its original format and to offer your condolences to the Runnels family.

As I stated after the news broke last Thursday, I'm not even sure where the wrestling business would be without Dusty Rhodes. The wrestling business lost royalty and he'll be deeply missed. We love you Dream!

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