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Joseph Laurinaitis was a legendary pro wrestler known as Road Warrior Animal.

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Published in Pine River Times on Sep. 23, 2020.
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October 6, 2020
GOD , BLESS AMERICA TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!! MR. JOEY YES , SIR !!!!!!!!!!!!! YES , SIR !!!!!!!!!!!! YES , SIR !!!!!!! HOSEA 3:02 ........ PROVERBS 4:15 ........ & CHRONICLES 1:11:27:01 ..........
TYBALT AMBROSE CAPP
October 6, 2020
CHEERIO , TO A LEGENDARY WRESTLING STAR TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!! DUDE YES SIR YES SIR YES SIR MR. JOEY NUMBERS 18:16 ......... JOEL 1:03 ......... MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:05-26:75 .......... & PSALMS 23:01-23:110 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BIG BOSS MAN JOHN JASWELL
October 6, 2020
HAPPY , EARLY HUMP DAY TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!! JOEY STAY , STRONG TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!! BROTHER JAMES 3:01-3:18 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:05-26:75 ....... PETER 22:03:22 ........ & JOHN 2:02-2:07-2:25-3:14-3:24 ????????????????????
EDWARD DAVID CULLEN
October 6, 2020
Laurinaitis, knowns as Road Warrior Animal, was one-half of the legendary tag team Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom with Michael Hegstrand, who was known as Road Warrior Hawk. Hegstrand died in 2003 at the age of 46. The duo and their manager Paul Ellering were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. The tag team headlined many pay-per-view events.
Grady youngblood
October 6, 2020
Loved you bro, You was one of my all time favorites, When I herd you passed it hurt like you was my family,you'll missed,wrestling lost its best,Rest Easy,see ya on the other side
Randy Copeland
Brother
October 5, 2020
YOU , NEED TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND , REMAIN CONFIDENT EVERYDAY !!!!!!!!!! YES , SIR !!!!!!!!!! YES , SIR !!!!!!! MR. HAWK HOSEA 3:02 ......... MATTHEW 26:05-26:75 ......... & MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!!!! & CORINTHIANS 1:11:21 & 1:11:34 ............
RYDER LOUIE HARRISON
October 4, 2020
SHALOM , TO A LEGENDARY WRESTLING BROTHER !!!!!!!!!! JOEY YOU'LL BE A WINNER TO ME !!!!!!!!!!! JOSHUA 6:04 ........ MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!! & PSALMS 23:01-23:60 .........
ANDREW JOSHUA LAWLESS SR
October 2, 2020
My heart breaks knowing you are gone but thank you so much for the great memories. You will never be forgotten! I know Mike is in heaven waiting on you. I know that was a huge WARRIOR POP!
Spunky Schell
October 2, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Joe’s family and friends. He was larger than life but such a sweetheart. RIP my friend I will miss you. Yes
Molly Wierzbicki
Friend
October 2, 2020
I had the privilege of coaching youth football and baseball with Joe when our sons were young. He was the best with kids as he always wanted them to do their best. R I P Joe.
Mike Gloege
Friend
September 30, 2020
rest in peace animal
Richard Jaramillo
September 30, 2020
my deepest condolences to the family I grew up watching animal and hawk the greatest tag team ever I used to watch them when they are in the NWA the war games with the four horsemen greatest matches I've ever seen may you rest in peace animal
Richard Jaramillo
September 29, 2020
Joe was awesome. I was his milk delivery man in Medina MN. Always friendly and asked about my kids often. Even gave them legion of doom T shirts. RIP joe.
September 29, 2020
Really Sad to hear that Joseph passed away .. He’s is a very good man and good spirit he is .. I believe he with Hawk now in heaven !!
Connor Byrnes
Friend
September 29, 2020
RIP Joe and God bless you. I pray for peace and comfort for your family and loved ones. You’re a legend, along with Mike as the greatest tag team of all time. Thank you for everything you gave to all of us, your fans. You with never be forgotten. I hope that I get the honor of meeting you and Mike in Heaven someday.
Michael Wright
Friend
September 28, 2020
I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the Laurinaitis family. May the Lord look over your family during this very difficult time.
Todd Ruedel
September 27, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
September 27, 2020
He an Hawk were my hero’s when I was a teenager . I use to watch them wrestle in the NWA every week . They were the most powerful an awesome tag team . I used to have their poster hanging in my locker when I played high school football . They motivated me to lift weights . I got the pleasure of meeting Animal a few years ago at an event . I was like a little kid I was so excited to meet one of my hero’s in real life . What a Rush !!!! God Bless you Joe !!
Randall Finley
Friend
September 27, 2020
He an Hawk were my hero’s when I was a teenager . I use to watch them wrestle in the NWA every week . They were the most powerful an awesome tag team . I used to have their poster hanging in my locker when I played high school football . They motivated me to lift weights . I got the pleasure of meeting Animal a few years ago at an event . I was like a little kid I was so excited to meet one of my hero’s in real life . What a Rush !!!! God Bless you Joe !!
Randall Finley
Friend
September 26, 2020
RIP JOE. RYAN, NATHAN , RUSSELL, DANIELLE, & CHERYL ANDERSON
Cheryl Anderson
Friend
September 26, 2020
Prayers for your family. Fly high Animal
September 26, 2020
Joe Laurinaitis was not only the biggest inspiration in my strongman training,he was my brother in the lord.
roman aleman
September 25, 2020
I really enjoyed Hawk and Animal in the ring time of time. "OH WHAT A RUSH" RIP ANIMAL!! CONDOLENCES TO LAURINAITIS FAMILY
Martin A Martos
Friend
September 25, 2020
May God’s wrap his caring ‘arm’ around the Laurinaitis family to comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
September 25, 2020
I grew up watching you, and was honored to have the opportunity to work alongside you. Thank you for your contributions and for touching so many peoples lives. My sincerest condolences to the family and anyone who was close with Joe.
R P
September 25, 2020
R.I.P. Joseph "Animal" Laurinaitis. L.O.D. forever.
September 25, 2020
Patricia Howard
Friend
September 25, 2020
My condolences
September 25, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of one greatest pros I have ever met. I had the pleasure to meet animal and hawk in the mid 90s at the age of 12 . Something I will never forget . He was a mountain of a man with a general heart and he will be missed by fans world wide . Thank you for sharing Joe with the world and I'm sorry for your lost
Steven Weber
Acquaintance
September 25, 2020
Animal and Hawk were my friends since I was 22 years old. Great People! May God comfort his family, other friends, and his fans. RIP Animal! Former HWA Pro Wrestling Nicesty Girl and children.
Nicesty Girl
Friend
September 24, 2020
My deepest condolences to your family. When I think of Joe, I remember the times he brought his beautiful family to The Gym. He was a wonderfully caring Dad who adored his children. May his memory be a blessing.
Nancy Goldstein
Acquaintance
September 24, 2020
Joseph, you were the best and no one can compare. My sincere condolences to your family. I pray that the God of all Comfort provides them with strength and peace of mind during this difficult time.
Matt Baughn
September 24, 2020
My all time favorite wrestler. Got to meet him along with Mike at Golds gym. Truly a great loss. God speed Joe AKA Animal
Dan Koronka
September 24, 2020
GREATEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIMES.YOU AND HAWK ARE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN.TALKING ABOUT GOOD TIMES.TO HIS FAMILY.YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.GOD BLESS
WANDA BOYD
Friend
September 24, 2020
My thoughts & prayers are with the family. I loved to watch Joe & Michael wrestle. They were the best tagteam of all time. He will be missed.
tammy walling
September 24, 2020
My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.
September 24, 2020
Rip Joe
Gary Brooks
Friend
September 24, 2020
From the time Little Joe walked in the Gym at Golden Valley Lutheran Collage for Football Training Camp, and we all said, what is that? We knew he was tough, what we learned was, he had a heart of gold and always smiled. His dad always laughed when we called him big Joe and Animal Little Joe. The world is a better place because of Joe, God Bless and give his family strength. Caveman.
Jeff Carlson
September 24, 2020
RIP Joe you will be missed by many!! Prayers for your loving family
Michele Windle
Friend
September 24, 2020
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Kent Sivadge
September 24, 2020
I been a fan of WWE Wrestling since age 10 and My heart goes out to Joseph ( Road Warrior Animal ) he will be deeply missed by all of us ..All my Love and Prayers
Darren Delso-Opfer
Friend
September 24, 2020
My condolences to the family, and fans of Joseph aka Road Warrior Animal. May the God who gives hope fill you with all joy and peace as you reflect on all the good times you enjoyed together.
RH
September 24, 2020
Heavenly Respect to the life, memory and light that was Joe Laurinaitis. I was fortunate enough to have had Mr. Laurinaitis as a radio interview guest a few years ago, with my favorite part of the interview being him proudly talking about his family, in particularly his son, James. We also spoke of his fondness of Chicago, which became his adopted hometown. It was fun to hear him go behind the curtain a bit about his adopting Chicago as a wrestling "hometown", because it fit the Road Warriors characters a bit better than his actual hometown in Minnesota. May he Forever Rest In Heavenly Peace.
Harv Roman
Acquaintance
September 24, 2020
RIP my friend. You were the best at your craft and I am honored and proud to say I knew you and enjoyed your spirit. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Big Guy.
Jay Harris
Friend
September 24, 2020
10 memorial chimes of the ring bell in honor of one of the true titans of the squared circle..."Road Warrior Animal"...a force to be reckoned with.
Les Breese
September 24, 2020
Just saw his latest broadcast Tuesday. He will be missed! The Road Warriors were one if my favorite tag teams! Thanks for entertaining us for so many years. May God bless his family and give them comfort.
Angela Waldon
September 24, 2020
There are no words. Just a great life and one that we will all remember. What a Rush! God Speed Joe. Heaven has new tag team champions!
Brian
September 24, 2020
Joe you where the beast, thank you for the memory's and the entertainment you gave us thru the 80's & 90's . I'll never forget the time you blew my mind with you're 690 lb French press at THE GYM in St. louis park in the early days. I ask him how big his arm's where and He replied "32" Inches, I told him that was the size of my Girl friends waste.
Brad Babcock
Friend
September 24, 2020
My condolences to his family and love ones. May you all be comforted in this time of grief. Support is sometimes just a pray away.
Odette Wells
September 24, 2020
Thanks for the memories big guy. Ladies and Gentlemen i give you The Road Warriors. AHH Whata Rush
mark green
Friend
September 23, 2020
To Joe aka Animal you were my trainer and my friend. You took me under your wing, took the time to train me when no one else would. Because of you I had 12 good years. RIP my friend and brother. From Wes aka Jersey Devil
Wes
Friend
September 23, 2020
big ken
September 23, 2020
I met Joe at a little bar in Hamel, MN, where many of wrestlings "Hall of Famers" came to relax. I am 60 and have been a wrestling fan all my life and thank you for all the great memories of watching the greatest tag team ever. We all have lost you, but Hawk has his friend again. God speed!
Matt Blais
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
What an amazing entertainer, he will be missed by so many. My condolences to the Laurinaitis family, so very sorry for your loss.
September 23, 2020
Mr.Laurinaitis entertained many and will be missed. To the family I send condolences for your loss. May your memories be close to your heart and may the God of tender mercies comfort you.

Mary
Neighbor
September 23, 2020
JL: "Road Warrior" Animal will be missed for Classic wrestling matches with condolences to his inside or outside wrestling friends and family!
September 23, 2020
Godspeed Joe, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wrestling memories.
Harry Simpson
September 23, 2020
Rest In Paradise Joe. Thank you for the memories. You will be sorely missed. Godspeed my friend
Angi Keller
Acquaintance
September 23, 2020
He was my neighbor and drove me to the hospital when I was in labor with my daughter. I babysat his son. Loved him
Carol Blair
Friend
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