Dory Funk

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Dory Funk
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Birth nameDorrance Wilhelm Funk
Born(1919-05-04)May 4, 1919
Hammond, Indiana
DiedJune 3, 1973(1973-06-03) (aged 54)
Amarillo, Texas
Alma mater Indiana State University
Spouse(s)Dorothy Culver Funk [1] (divorced)
Betty Funk (his death)
Children3; including Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dory Funk
The Outlaw
Dory Funk Sr.
Billed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Billed weight230 lb (100 kg)
DebutJune 16, 1943
RetiredApril 26, 1973

Dorrance Wilhelm Funk [2] (May 4, 1919 – June 3, 1973) was an American professional wrestler. He is the father of wrestlers Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, and was a promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion.

Dory Funk Jr. American professional wrestler

Dorrance Earnest Funk is an American professional wrestler and wrestling trainer. He is the son of Dory Funk and brother of Terry Funk, and was the promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion. He is credited with the invention of the Texas cloverleaf submission hold and runs the Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling school.

Terry Funk American professional wrestler and actor

Terrence Funk is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and actor. Funk is known for the longevity of his career – which has spanned more than 50 years and includes multiple short-lived retirements – and the influential hardcore wrestling style he pioneered in the latter part of his career.

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Life and career

Funk was born in Hammond, Indiana, the son of Emma E. (Gust) and Adam Funk. He was an Indiana high school state champion amateur wrestler for three years at Hammond High School in Hammond, Indiana, as well as an Indiana State University Amateur Athletic Union champion for one year.

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Funk began his career as a professional wrestler after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, starting in the southwest United States. He wrestled primarily in the Texas territories and the Central States territories during his career. Mainly a junior heavyweight, he fought Iron Mike DiBiase, Mike Clancy, Danny Hodge and Verne Gagne. After Dory Jr. won the NWA Heavyweight championship in 1969 he was at ringside for many of his son's title defences.

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After retirement he began promoting Western States Sports with Doc Sarpolis in Amarillo, Texas, where he led a thriving wrestling scene which produced many stars, including his sons Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, as well as Stan Hansen, Harley Race, Gene Kiniski, Tully Blanchard, Ted DiBiase, Tito Santana, Bruiser Brody, Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu. Many of his wrestlers had played football at West Texas State University in nearby Canyon, Texas. Funk had a good business relationship with All Japan Pro Wrestling founder Shohei Baba, which led Funk's talent pool to useful international experience.

Western States Sports was a professional wrestling promotion headquartered in Amarillo, Texas in the United States. Founded by Dory Detton in 1946, the promotion enjoyed its greatest success in the 1960s and 1970s under the management of Dory Funk and, later, his sons Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk, with its top performers including the Funks themselves and Ricky Romero. Western States Sports promoted professional wrestling events in multiple cities across West Texas including Amarillo, Abilene, El Paso, Lubbock, Odessa, and San Angelo, along with Albuquerque in New Mexico, Colorado Springs and Pueblo in Colorado, and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Sold by the Funks in 1980, the promotion closed in 1981.

Doc Sarpolis American professional wrestler

Karl Sarpolis was a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter in Texas. He was the promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion.

Stan Hansen American professional wrestler

John Stanley Hansen II is an American actor, author and retired professional wrestler.

Funk was also heavily involved with the Cal Farley Boys Ranch in Amarillo. [3]

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Funk died on June 3, 1973 at the age of 54 of a heart attack while demonstrating a wrestling hold at his home to a visitor. He was buried at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon, Texas.

On July 15, 2006, Funk was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa. The award was accepted by Terry.

George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

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Championships and accomplishments

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  3. The Guardian: The Texas boys were beaten, abused, raped. Now all they want is an apology
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