David William Kriner

March 04, 1969 ‒ November 13, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: David, or should I say “Thunder Morgan”, was always quick to make a friend and never met a stranger. He was the kind of guy that wanted to be part of your life as he lived his life with people, not just around them. His hearty laugh would welcome you in and his loyalty would keep you around.

David William Kriner went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was 49.

He was born March 4, 1969 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to parents James W. & Doris Roberta (Barrett) Kriner. After he was graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1988, he went on to obtain his associate degree from the former Terra Tech (now Terra State).

David was a dedicated employee at Source4 in Roanoke where he worked as an E-business Coordinator in graphic design for more than 15 years. His selfless acts and willingness to jump in to help others earned him the respect of his coworkers.

“Thunder Morgan” as he was known in the ring, was a professional wrestler with both the WWF and ASWA and had made many friends within the wrestling community. He was even inducted into the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame. He enjoyed working out, coaching wrestling and visiting kids in local hospitals in character to cheer up their day.

A determined man, if there was a hurdle in front of him, he would jump it. He always put others first having coordinated several “ThunderPalooza” charitable golf outings for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. David will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Kinsey Kriner; mother Roberta Kriner; brother Bob (Cindy) Kriner; brother-in-law Allen Bradshaw; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family; friends, co-workers and his wrestling family.

David was preceded in death by his father James W. Kriner and sister Donna Bradshaw.

The Kriner family will receive friends Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield 419-884-1711). A funeral service honoring David’s life will be held Monday November 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. Pastor Glenn Hamilton will speak. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

To help prevent others from having similar heart events, in lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory to the American Heart Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • We are truly saddened by Dave’s passing and send our love and prayers to his family and friends. Although we are far away in Michigan, Dave always treated us closely like family as he worked with amazing polish and speed to assist his Source4 co-workers. I enjoyed his hearty laugh and deep voice that echoed with kindness. What a fine man. He will be missed. Praying for comfort and peace from our Father for you.

  • The Gentle Giant. Dave was truly one of the most kind, thoughtful and dedicated people I know. Always aimed to please and a great sense of humor. I will miss working and laughing with him as I have on nearly a weekly basis for the past 10+ yrs. A great man, a kind sprit, and greatly missed friend. I pray that his family can find peace in knowing how many lives he enriched and touched.

  • Dave big man i will miss our late night into early morning talks about our daughters the world is a lot darker place my friend gods speed buddy

  • My brother, the right words do not come to me express what you and your friendship and brotherhsip meant to me. So many memories. So many miles. I will forever miss you and love you my brother. Rest In Peace and Godspeed. See you in the next chapter of life.

  • Its not going to be the same without you here with us any more you gave so much to everyone you met and was a great role model for kids untill we meet again my friend rest in piece brother

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Dave a.k.a. “Thunder” through Wrestling. He worked some shows for me (MOUNTAIN STATE WRESTLING) in West Virginia with “Bad
    Boy” Barry Hardy in 2015 -2016.

    He was very Professional and always Respectful. He was a role Model for the younger talent. He was always a Pleasure to work with.

    My deepest Sympathies to his Mother and Daughter and the Rest of the Kriner family.

  • You will be greatly missed big Dave. We had so many good times together. Rest in peace my friend. See you on the other side.

  • Kinsey and Mrs. Kriner, I worked with Dave at Frey Scientific many years ago. He use to accidentally sneak up on me, while I was working in the warehouse getting ready for a catalog shot. I would scream and he would laugh. In addition I had the pleasure of caring for his dad. I am a nurse now. I would like to say both where great men. My heart breaks for you. His memory will live on in all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him and calling him friend.

  • DK, I’m a better person for knowing you, love you brother….My condolences to all Dave’s family and friends..

  • Dave “Thunder” Morgan
    My brother your life touched so many of us. Each one of us will miss you, but God needed you in the big ring in the sky. Thank you for the gift of yourself, and the dedication you gave to the sport of professional wrestling.
    We will be praying for your family.

  • You was a great person Dave . U was a great friend to me . Me and my dad always enjoyed seeing u at the aswa events. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends . As you will be dearly missed. Rest easy Dave.

  • So very sorry for the loss . From high school , then going to college with you and friends after that he was a great person and great friend who won’t be forgotten. Prayers and hugs for his family.

  • Dave…I had the plessure in meeting you through my son. You became one of the best neighbors anyone could ask for. A man with always a smile and willing to do anything to help anyone out. A man with such a gentle soul. A man who loved everyone as you were his family. Such a humble man. I am so honored and blessed to have had you in my life even for a short time. You always made me smile. I am so deeply saddened and you will be greatly missed. Fly high my sweet friend til we meet again.

  • Kinsey, you and I never met but Dave was a close friend and I’m so very sorry for your loss. We talked about you a lot and I remember him asking me a ton of questions about my ink and artists around Roanoke before he had your name inked on that huge arm of his. He was always so proud of you and loved you dearly, as I’m sure you know. — Dave, I’ll miss you. I’ll miss our chats, texts and dinners. You were a great friend and a Godly man with a heart as big as that mountain of a body. So many left behind will miss you but heaven has gained a true warrior. I’m so glad you’re reunited with your sister in that glorious place. I love you bro.

  • I met Dave through a chance encounter at a wrestling show I was covering for the News Journal back in 2000. We clicked instantly, and became great friends afterwards. I’ll always remember the weekly lunches we shared and the stories and time we spent together. You will be forever missed, Thunder. Love you always, my brother.

  • Dave, whenever I hear Thunder coming from the heavens, I’ll think of you. Rest In Peace, Thunder Morgan!

  • Deepest and warmest thoughts for Dave’s family. Such a good person we’ve lost. Already missing you at work dude. Enjoy your next journey my friend.

  • Dave, Obit doesn’t say you were an organ donor. After reading through the condolences, of course you were! See you on the other side. Say hi to my boy for me.

  • David left special memories to all that he worked with at Frey Scientific / Beckley Cardy. He brought happiness and laughter to all of his co-workers and everyone loved him. So many good memories of his ‘ Thunder Morgan ‘ golf outings . Kinsey, I wish that every child could be loved as much as your Father loved you. Love and prayers sent to all his family and friends.

    • I am deeply saddened to hear of Dave’s unexpected passing. He was a regular patron of my place of work on a nearly daily basis and became like a neighbor to me through the years. He often checked in on me, knowing I worked alone many evenings. Dave was a caring man who always spoke fondly and so lovingly about his daughter, Kinsey. I will be thinking of his family in this time of loss.

  • So deeply saddened to hear of David’s untimely passing. Roberta, Kinsey and family…you are all in our hearts and prayers.

    With love and sincere sympathy,

    Bitsy, Leslie, Chris and family

  • This past week was heartbreaking. I’ve worked with this Gentle Giant for years and had the pleasure of working across from him for several years now. He was always so calm & collect even in the most stressful of days–and there were many of those. May you Rest in Peace my friend and can’t wait to see you again. Mrs. Kriner you and Kensey were Dave’s world. He spoke of you to me often and my thoughts & prayers are with you and his wonderful family.

  • I worked with Dave at Frey Scientific. He was really a great guy, a true gentle giant. He could design a catalog page one minute and evolve into Thunder Morgan the next. This is such a loss. My heart goes out to Kinsey and Dave’s Mom. Sending my sincerest condolences.

  • Dave was a great friend through high school, college at Terra, and even more-so later on. I will miss our talks and random snaps and his sense of humor. I am so glad I was able to visit with him this summer at the reunion. He had a heart to match his personality – larger than life. He was loved and will be missed by so many. Rest in heaven, friend.

  • Today still feels like a bad dream. We laid our Brother Thunder Morgan to rest. The snow fell on the way to the funeral home the biggest snow flakes I have ever seen as to say let your big tears fall . As we walked out to head to his final resting place it had stopped I believe he was saying now it’s time to stop that’s enough that’s the type of guy he was. Dave will always be in my thoughts for the rest of my life. When u consider someone to be your best friend that never goes away and truth is you will never find another to take their place. I always called him Thunder never Dave ,to me that name just didn’t seem to fit. I myself would like to thank everyone who came Sunday n Monday and also for all the stories everyone sheared on here n on Facebook and also all the ones I was told in person. A special thank you to Bo who was a GREAT friend n coworker of Thunders n mine who I know Thunder loved very much ,for being that shoulder to cry on Today as I lost it watching the pictures n his song Thunder Struck played. I know alot of tears were flowing n hearts are broken but we all have the AWESOME MEMORIES OF THE TIMES WE HAD with Dave THUNDER MORGAN Kriner. R.I.P. we all loved u so much brother….

  • Dave, It still doesn’t seem real..You are truly a great person and friend and will be greatly missed. You always had a smile on your face and you never meet a stranger. Thank you for letting me do your promo pics..for our after show meals and just being a friend…You are truly one of a kind…you will be missed..Luv you my friend…

  • Dave was indeed a joy to know! He always greeted you with a sincere smile and a “how are you!” I had the privilege to meet him through coworkers at Source4….coworkers who loved him like family. He is sorely missed.
    Thank you to his family for a beautiful video.

  • Dave, you were a brother, a friend, and an inspiration. The way you treated everyone with love and compassion is something we can all admire and work harder to achieve. As I’ve said several times over the past week…if everyone was more like Dave, this world would be a much better place. You were loved by my family, especially by Gunnar, and I know that Jax will love you just from the stories I’ll tell him. I love you, my brother, and I look forward to seeing you again one day!