Aug 21, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
Michael J. Hegstrand Obituary
Hegstrand Michael J. Hegstrand, age 45, died peacefully October 19 at his residence in Tampa Bay. With a larger than life persona matched only by his kind and compassionate heart, Mike will be forever remembered for his wit, friendship, laugh and countless acts of charity. He will be dearly missed by his friends and fans around the world. He is survived by his wife, Dale; mother-in-law, Marcia Harris; sister, Sue (Joe) Auyer; brothers, Tom (Mary), Rich, Scott (Laurie Stone), Dan (Krissy); many nieces, nephews and cousins; and long time wrestling partner and friend, Joe Laurinaitis. Preceded in death by parents, Marge and Art Hegstrand; and sister-in-law, Patty Hegstrand. Mike grew up in North Minneapolis and was a graduate of Patrick Henry High where he established many life long friendships among his fellow ‘Northsiders’. He began his legendary pro-wrestling career in 1983 as “Road Warrior Hawk” and, together with his partner “Animal” (Joe Laurinaitis), ruled the tag team wrestling world for the next 20 years. Mike and Joe were recently voted the “Greatest Tag Team of All Time”. In 1998 Mike married Dale, the love of his life, and settled in the Tampa Bay area. Their mutual love and respect for each other was evident in everything they did. In 2002, Mike welcomed God back into his life and dedicated his energies to counseling youths across the country. Mike, you have touched countless lives in your short time here. We can think of no better words to describe your extraordinary life than those you would often use in the ring: “WHAT A RUSH!” Memorial services celebrating Mike’s life will be held in Florida and the Twin Cities as follows: Tuesday, October 28, 2:00 PM at Seminole United Methodist Church, Seminole, Florida; Thursday October 30, 3:00 PM at St.John the Baptist Church, 835 2nd Ave NW; New Brighton, MN; 651-633-8333. Visitation two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers all prayers, thoughts and memorials to: Michael Hegstrand Memorial Fund; PO Box 432; Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/26/03