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Dory Funk, Sr. (1919-1973)


Real NameDorrance Wilhelm Funk
Lifespan - 5/4/19 - 6/3/73
?? 190 lbs . - Hammond, IN 

Athletic BackgroundWrestling (Indiana University), Football (Semi-Pro) 

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years1940-1950

Place in History - Dory Funk Sr. built a reputation for himself as a tough journeyman in the 1940s and eventually settled in Amarillo, Texas. In the early 1950s, he worked at Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch as a superintendent and straightened out any of the characters who wanted to challenge his authority. He continued to do some pro-wrestling on the side, but it was the stint at Farley’s that made him a local legend. After leaving the area for more touring, Dory Funk Sr. and his family returned for good. Doc Sarpolis had bought Amarillo and he invited Funk back to turn his local fame into a base for a strong territory. Funk was gritty junior heavyweight shooter and the fans fell in love with “Texas Death Matches” that established the promotion. By the late 1960s, both of his sons, Dory Jr. and Terry, were in the business and achieving. When Dory Jr. won the NWA World Championship, it gave Dory Sr. a new lease on life. He and Terry traveled ahead of Junior and built up that championship match by battling prospective challengers and cutting promos that drew great heat. Terry also went on to capture the NWA Championship and lost it shortly before Dory Funk Sr. passed away from a heart attack. Dory Funk Sr. is one of the most significant local figures of the territorial era and he created a respected territory and two of greatest pro-wrestlers of modern times.