Ivan Koloff Memorial Fund

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Raised by 135 people in 12 months
I am Ivan Koloffs daughter, Rachel Marley, and I have created this account for my dad. With his passing, we have set aside this page as an "IVAN KOLOFF MEMORIAL FUND". Any money donated in his memory will be given directly to Ivan's wife, Renae, to help with expenses.  
We are saddened that he is no longer here with us but we rejoice in knowing where he is; with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has received his healing.
My dad was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis about 10 years ago but he chose not to make this announcement public to his fans and friends.  
Instead, he wanted to follow doctors orders and keep on going out and spreading God's Word.  In previous years, my dad  enjoyed staying busy trying to help as many people as he could.
He enjoyed making wrestling appearances, helping with various fundraisers (such as signing autographs to support Children's Miracle Network), among other appearances over the years since he retired from wrestling in 1989, earning extra money to offset his disability check. He enjoyed meeting his fans and friends and having my mom, Renae, travel with him to help him.
After a bad report from the doctors, that cancer had shown up on his liver and was inoperable, he was no longer able to travel or make appearances. His liver function was failing.  We were saddend and shocked at how fast things progressed but we are thankful he did not suffer.  He passed away Saturday, February 18, peacefully with my mother, Renae, by his side.  
Our family appreciates ANY financial help that you feel that you are able to give, no matter how small, during this most difficult time.
100% of donations made in memory of my dad will go directly to Renae, his wife. 
If you are unable to donate, please keep our family in your prayers. Thank You so very much and May God Bless You!

If you would like to send a note to our family, send them to:

Renae Koloff
PO Box 2673
Winterville, NC 28590
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As the end of the year approaches, our family reflects on this year with heavy hearts. Ivan (Dad) was the center of our family, our rock, the glue that held us all together. Since his passing on Feb 18th of this year, we have faced this year wih "firsts". The first Easter, Thanksgiving, and upcoming Christmas without him. We have missed him so much during the birthdays and anniversaries that he did not attend. It has been very hard on our family not having Dad with us, as you can imagine, however, we want more than anything to keep his memory alive. Ivan (Dad) left behind not only so many wonderful memories for his family, friends & fans but also an incredible career as a wrestling legend!
Our family wishes to keep the memorial fund up for an extended period of time. Some have asked how they can help or what they could do to honor Ivan so we felt that this would be the best way to do so. Any donations made to the Ivan Koloff Memorial Fund will be given directly to his family.
Thank You & May God Bless You.
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Our family has been watching old wrestling videos of my dad the last couple of weeks. So many good memories. We miss him so much. Thank you, friends, for your continued support in so many ways. He is truly MISSED by many. -Rachel
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Just want to clarify to the person (s) who feel it necessary to make uneducated, ignorant, disrespectful comments on twitter about this situation...my dad knew he had some cirrhosis on his liver 10 years ago and made every effort to take care of himself. He loved his family and wanted to be healthy to prevent any further damage. Liver cancer (a very small lesion) did not appear until 5 years ago and was cured with procedures done by a team of doctors. It was only recently that it returned, full force, as inoperable. We prayed and sought further options but it was too late. He only lived 3 weeks from the onset of his symptoms. I'm sorry you feel the need to make comments about a situation that you know nothing about. And I pray you or someone you love NEVER have to face cancer. ~Rachel
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Aaron Gundersen
12 months ago
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Roger Bryant was that comment really necessary?? He wrestled in the 80's when the guys made nowhere near what they make now. Have some respect for the family and for a legend. I am sure you have better things to do with your life then sit here and write negative stuff.

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Roger Bryant
12 months ago
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Ivan must have made quite a bit of money...did he have insurance ,bank accounts, assets. the the answer is no ,"what happened"

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Tim Baker
12 months ago
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I would love to donate but just cannot swing it financially at this time but really would like to congratulate the "RUSSIAN BEAR" Ivan Koloff for being inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame. You certainly deserve it. You were one of the very best ever to step into the ring. God Bless You & your family!!!

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Michael Nexsen
7 months ago

Met him&his wife in florence sc at Wal-Mart raiseing money for kids. Was as nice as they could be. Will never forget how nice a man Ivan was.

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Ruth Fillingame Townsend
12 months ago

My deepest condolences to u n ur whole family. I've had the privilege to have met Ivan n my kids n granddaughter. He was such a humble n just the sweetest man. The16th made a yr that I just lost my daddy to Lewry Body Dementia. I know what u n ur family is going through. I pray for u all. RIP IVAN KOLOFF FOR NOW U HAVE GAINED UR WINGS. God bless u n ur family

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Arnold Leslie Bakke Jr.
12 months ago

Very sorry for your loss of your Father, I met him in Lumberton NC signing pictures. It was exciting to find out that he had accepted JESUS CHRIST as his Savior. He is at rest now. Thank You for sharing

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Toni Nicholson
12 months ago

Rachel, dear this is Toni please give my love to your father and mother. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are to you all. As we know God is our main physician and may he bring forth a ultimate healing for your father. We all are sending our prayers for your family. Please let your father and mother know I am in deep prayers and much love to you all...Toni

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Vinny Lofranco
12 months ago

Huge fan of the bear, still have many of his great interviews on my vcr tapes saved and myself and a friend practically know some by heart, and even leave his old interview rants as "messages" on each others answering machine instead if leaving our own personal voice message. Had the pleasure of meeting him after matches one time , he was the nicest gentleman you could possibly meet.I will be sending a small donation and a card personally to him and hope he does get to read it. Prayers to all.

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Michael Fox
12 months ago

Praying for your dad and the rest of your family.

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Michael Plourde
12 months ago

As a born Canadian Ivan is still considered a citizen therefore eligible for Canadian medicare benefits. I know that moving back to Canada is probably not something that he has considered, but he still has that right.

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Tommy Austin
12 months ago

I met your dad and mom back in 2011 at Expoland at the AWE Night Of Legends in Fisherville Virginia when he was there signing autographs I didnt have money to pay for autographs and he and Short Sleeve Sampson called me over and I was so nervous but they graciously signed my t-shirt and just took time to talk to me I will always have that memory in my head shows how great of a man he is I pray God's blessings on him and your family as well im sorry I can't do more then just a note hope it helps a bit

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Belinda Kay Dent
12 months ago

I have met you dad several times over the years that I lived in Greenville and Grifton NC. I can not afford to donate but I did share your post. Prayers for you and your family. Your dad has always had a down to earth attitude and just wanted to spread the word of God and God will keep him in his loving arms both here on earth and one day in Heaven we will all meet again

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Jason Tyree
12 months ago

My prayers go out to Ivan Koloff and his family. I pray for complete healing in Jesus name. I rest assured knowing that he will spend eternity in Heaven. Everyone that accepts the free gift of Salvation will be saved to live in Heaven for eternity. I would rather accept the free gift of Salvation than die, and literally feel the hot flames of hell.

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Stephen Faust
12 months ago

You have always been a class act to my wife Kelli and I. We are praying for you,Renae and your entire family. Pro Wrestling World in Allentown,PA. also is praying for you as well.

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Evan Ginzburg
12 months ago

Ivan Koloff is an all-time great and one of my childhood heroes. I saw him main-event Madison Square Garden and other East Coast arenas so many times. Folk should support this and WWE should put him in their Hall of Fame- few deserve it more than Ivan. Get well soon, champ. And thank you for all the great memories.

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Bambi Weavil
2 months ago

Love to you all, XO, Bam

AW
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Archie Willoughby
2 months ago

We would like to help further....Rachel facebook site wrestlenation forum Jordan Carter Admin... I am telling them about the old school days...I think there are some that want to show there love also....God bless you and Renae and the rest of the Family ...I will never forget him..Love Always.

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Anonymous
10 months ago
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High Volume Pro Wrestling
10 months ago

Ivan was always so kind and helpful to us at High Volume Pro Wrestling. We miss him greatly. God Bless

JM
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Jonathan Marven
11 months ago
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I have his book which I've re-read since his death. What a life! Loved and remembered.

$25
Patrick Robinson
11 months ago

Bless the family for their message of faith to the world.

$10
Nate Yolevich
11 months ago

Thank you for the memories Ivan. RIP.

$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
Aaron Gundersen
12 months ago
3
3

Roger Bryant was that comment really necessary?? He wrestled in the 80's when the guys made nowhere near what they make now. Have some respect for the family and for a legend. I am sure you have better things to do with your life then sit here and write negative stuff.

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Roger Bryant
12 months ago
1
1

Ivan must have made quite a bit of money...did he have insurance ,bank accounts, assets. the the answer is no ,"what happened"

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Tim Baker
12 months ago
1
1

I would love to donate but just cannot swing it financially at this time but really would like to congratulate the "RUSSIAN BEAR" Ivan Koloff for being inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame. You certainly deserve it. You were one of the very best ever to step into the ring. God Bless You & your family!!!

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Michael Nexsen
7 months ago

Met him&his wife in florence sc at Wal-Mart raiseing money for kids. Was as nice as they could be. Will never forget how nice a man Ivan was.

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Ruth Fillingame Townsend
12 months ago

My deepest condolences to u n ur whole family. I've had the privilege to have met Ivan n my kids n granddaughter. He was such a humble n just the sweetest man. The16th made a yr that I just lost my daddy to Lewry Body Dementia. I know what u n ur family is going through. I pray for u all. RIP IVAN KOLOFF FOR NOW U HAVE GAINED UR WINGS. God bless u n ur family

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Arnold Leslie Bakke Jr.
12 months ago

Very sorry for your loss of your Father, I met him in Lumberton NC signing pictures. It was exciting to find out that he had accepted JESUS CHRIST as his Savior. He is at rest now. Thank You for sharing

+ Read More
Toni Nicholson
12 months ago

Rachel, dear this is Toni please give my love to your father and mother. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are to you all. As we know God is our main physician and may he bring forth a ultimate healing for your father. We all are sending our prayers for your family. Please let your father and mother know I am in deep prayers and much love to you all...Toni

+ Read More
Vinny Lofranco
12 months ago

Huge fan of the bear, still have many of his great interviews on my vcr tapes saved and myself and a friend practically know some by heart, and even leave his old interview rants as "messages" on each others answering machine instead if leaving our own personal voice message. Had the pleasure of meeting him after matches one time , he was the nicest gentleman you could possibly meet.I will be sending a small donation and a card personally to him and hope he does get to read it. Prayers to all.

+ Read More
Michael Fox
12 months ago

Praying for your dad and the rest of your family.

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Michael Plourde
12 months ago

As a born Canadian Ivan is still considered a citizen therefore eligible for Canadian medicare benefits. I know that moving back to Canada is probably not something that he has considered, but he still has that right.

+ Read More
Tommy Austin
12 months ago

I met your dad and mom back in 2011 at Expoland at the AWE Night Of Legends in Fisherville Virginia when he was there signing autographs I didnt have money to pay for autographs and he and Short Sleeve Sampson called me over and I was so nervous but they graciously signed my t-shirt and just took time to talk to me I will always have that memory in my head shows how great of a man he is I pray God's blessings on him and your family as well im sorry I can't do more then just a note hope it helps a bit

+ Read More
Belinda Kay Dent
12 months ago

I have met you dad several times over the years that I lived in Greenville and Grifton NC. I can not afford to donate but I did share your post. Prayers for you and your family. Your dad has always had a down to earth attitude and just wanted to spread the word of God and God will keep him in his loving arms both here on earth and one day in Heaven we will all meet again

+ Read More
Jason Tyree
12 months ago

My prayers go out to Ivan Koloff and his family. I pray for complete healing in Jesus name. I rest assured knowing that he will spend eternity in Heaven. Everyone that accepts the free gift of Salvation will be saved to live in Heaven for eternity. I would rather accept the free gift of Salvation than die, and literally feel the hot flames of hell.

+ Read More
Stephen Faust
12 months ago

You have always been a class act to my wife Kelli and I. We are praying for you,Renae and your entire family. Pro Wrestling World in Allentown,PA. also is praying for you as well.

+ Read More
Evan Ginzburg
12 months ago

Ivan Koloff is an all-time great and one of my childhood heroes. I saw him main-event Madison Square Garden and other East Coast arenas so many times. Folk should support this and WWE should put him in their Hall of Fame- few deserve it more than Ivan. Get well soon, champ. And thank you for all the great memories.

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