WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has been honoring Dusty Rhodes by wearing “Dream” wrist tape at house shows.
Hard to put into words what an honor it was to know Dusty on a personal level. If I can touch even one life the way he touched countless hearts and souls then I'll be a lucky man. He was a true pioneer and a trailblazer, but more than that he lived life every single day. He lived it his way and he lived it with passion. He truly was The American Dream in every sense.
Dusty’s obituary was published in the Tampa Bay Tribune this morning. Here’s what it says:
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 (Ta-rel), Kristin Ditto (Don), Teil Gergel (Kevin), and Cody (Brandi); grandchildren, 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 re-quests donations in Dusty’s memory to Connor’s Cure (givetochildrens.org/connorscure) and Joe Torre Safe At Home (joetorre.org).
As previously noted WWE will be airing a tribute to the Hall Famer following Monday’s RAW on the WWE Network.