Clarence Elkin (Butch) Neese 1945 - 2011 Afton, Okla., formerly of Coffeyville
Clarence Elkin (Butch) Neese, 66, of Afton, Oklahoma, formerly of Coffeyville, Kansas, died Sunday, November 6, 2011, at the Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.
Butch was born on July 29, 1945, in Coffeyville, Kansas, to Clarence and Thelma (Norris) Neese. He attended local schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School in 1963. He attended Emporia State University and was a former member of the Kansas National Guard.
He loved music and was the lead singer in The Red Dogs Band. He belonged to several bands starting with the Esquires, then The Limits. In 1965, The Limits changed the name to The Red Dogs. Butch became a member of The Rising Suns in 1970.
The Red Dogs, in 2005, were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Later in 2005, The Red Dogs were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2006, at the Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas, the band was introduced by Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas, as the House Band for the State of Kansas. Rejoining the Rising Suns in 2007, they were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and the Kansas Lions Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Sandon, of Coffeyville, Kansas, and Charlotte Neese, of Eudora, Kansas, a cousin, Jackie Miller, of Dallas, Texas, and special friends Gary and Diane Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Margie.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, Tenth and Elm, Coffeyville, Kansas.
Contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.