Harley Leland Race
On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Harley Leland Race passed away at the age of 76. Harley was born on April 11, 1943 to Jay and Mary (Stevens) Race. Harley’s storied past as a professional wrestler achieved him notoriety and fame to a degree that is comparable to none. Wrestling all over the world and capturing many championships along the way, he became recognized as the Greatest Wrestler on God’s Green Earth and is still regarded today as the best ever.
After retiring from in-ring competition, Harley then opened a professional wrestling academy that has taught hundreds of students from all over the world, many of them achieving success in the industry he loved. His success continued as he was entered into many wrestling Hall of Fame’s including WWE, WCW, NWA, Missouri Sports, and more.
Harley Race loved travelling and meeting his fans, but also enjoyed spending time at home and grilling on his bar-b-que grill with family and friends. He was passionate about teaching his students at his Academy to ensure his legacy will always continue.
Harley was preceded in death by his father, Jay, his mother, Mary, his first and second wife Vivian and Beverly Ann (B.J.) respectively, and his brother Tom. He is survived by his four sisters - Nadine (alongside husband Calvin), Marilyn, Carolyn, and Linda, his significant other Rosemarie, his children, and all of his “kids” (wrestlers).
Visitation and funeral services will be privately-held for family and close friends under the care of Price Funeral Home in Maryville, Missouri.
A public memorial service will be held at his wrestling academy/arena in Troy, Missouri on Sunday, August 11 starting at 3 PM. Family, friends, and fans can attend the memorial.
Harley Race will be loved by many and respected by all. Long live the King of Professional Wrestling.
Online condolences can be made to his family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com