Celebration of Life services scheduled for Joe Seay

Two unique Celebration of Life services have been scheduled to honor the memory of Joe Seay... one next month in Oklahoma, the other, in California in October.

Seay, a legendary wrestler who went on to success as a high school, college and freestyle coach, passed away on July 11 at age 80.

Celebration at National Wrestling Hall of Fame in August

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Oklahoma State Wrestling will host Cheryl Seay and family of Joe Seay for a celebration of the life and legacy of Joe Van Seay on Wednesday, August 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Central at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Seay has strong connections to Oklahoma, as a 1998 inductee of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member... and as head coach of the Oklahoma State wrestling team from 1985 to 1992, leading the Cowboys to back-to-back NCAA Division I championships in 1989 and 1990.

Individuals wishing to join in the Hall of Fame's Celebration of Life are asked to RSVP at or by telephone at (405) 377-5243 by Friday, August 9.

Scattering of ashes and celebration in California in October

Joe Seay
This fall, Joe Seay's memory will be celebrated first by a scattering of ashes, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, October 5. Both events are open to friends, family and the wrestling community, according to the invitation from Cheryl Seay posted on Sunday on The California Wrestler.

First, the aerial scattering of Joe Seay's ashes will take place at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time on October 5 over Morro Bay Rock in Morro Bay, Calif. To participate, head north of San Luis Obispo on California Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway), turn left on San Jacinto, then continue until reaching the dead end of the road. Turn left on Sandalwood Ave., then turn right into parking area.

Immediately following the scattering of ashes is a Celebration of Life at Moonstone Cellars at 812 Cornwall Street in Cambria, Calif., north of Morro Bay Rock. The celebration will take place from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring a favorite photo and/or story about Joe Seay to share. In addition, those wishing participate in person should RSVP to Cheryl Seay at or Mike Stricker at by Monday, Sept. 9.

Those who are unable to attend are invited to send a favorite Joe Seay memory to be shared at the Celebration of Life service to either email address.


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