The obituary mentions that Okerlund’s death took place on 2-Jan-2019 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital which is in Sarasota. His age was 76 when he left us. He was survived by His wife, Jeanne and their children Tor whose wife is Dana and Todd, whose wife is Patricia and their grandchildren Brady, Arthur and Henry. He was with his wife at the time of death.
As mentioned earlier, Todd, Gene’s son, said to TMZ that his dad was suffering a “nasty fall” back previous month and that fall caused a rapid decrease in his health, which became the cause to his death. Okerlund was already not so much healthy but the fall made his health much worse. Nursing home was the place where he was admitted only 4 days before he died. He was having trouble in breathing previous Wednesday morning and was carried to the hospital and he died later that morning.
It was reported by the obituary that Okerlund “had many friends in life and enjoyed spending time and socializing with them” and it spoke about how he adored his wife. It was also noted by the obit that how Gene liked boating and spending time on Big Sandy Lake at his summer cabin in Northern Minnesota. The obituary also wrote that Gene “lived a very full and happy life.” They added on Gene’s pro wrestling career the following:
“Gene was driven to succeed and advanced his career by moving into selling advertising for WTCN TV in Golden Valley, MN in the early 1970s. It was at WTCN TV that Gene got his first break as a wrestling announcer when Vern Gagne of the AWA asked him to fill in for a missing announcer. His wrestling career grew from that point on. During his career as a wrestling announcer he also became a partner at Cohen Okerlund Smith Advertising in Minneapolis. Gene worked for the AWA until 1984 when he began working for World Wrestling Federation, which eventually became the WWE. Gene continued to work right up until he became ill. Gene recorded his last show in December of 2018. Gene was recognized for his contributions in creating the industry leading WWE with his induction into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2006. He truly loved his career!”
There will be a private service scheduled this week on Wednesday for the family in Sarasota. Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home are handling the arrangements of his Funeral at Sarasota’s Palms Memorial Park. The family insisted that people donate to the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation of Kansas City, in replacement of flowers.
Okerlund liked singing and performed in 1985 at the 1st WrestleMania and sang the Anthem. He sang “Tutti Frutti”after that year on the “The Wrestling Album” Of WWE.
“He really was the ultimate, the consummate entertainer,” his son said.
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