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Lee M. Dresser, 72, lost his long fighting battle with cancer on April 24th, 2014. He was born on May 22, 1941, in Washington, D.C, where following his parents death, moved to Moberly, MO to be raised by his maternal grandparents. In Moberly, MO is where Lee transformed with a bang into the Rock and Roll legend that we all know and love today. He started the Krazy Kat band as a sophomore in high school with their very first performance being played at the cafeteria of the Moberly Junior High School on February 14th, 1957. The fans would scream and holler while they were performing, and continued to do so throughout his career. Lee moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1966 to continue his musical career, only to be called back to Missouri to become Private Dresser for the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. May of 1969 was arguably Lee Dresser’s favorite time, as “El Camino Real” was his hit single, and is still popular around the globe today. Lee Dresser continued his career around the globe with a tour in Australia, appearances all over the states, trips to Japan, and even an appearance on the Gong Show. In 1980, he received a gold record and reunited in the band with the Krazy Kats. His remarkable career has included appearances with Bill Cosby, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Platters, and many others. The Crickets, and Jimmie Rodgers were lifelong buddies. It was at a performance where he met the love of his life, Kelly, whom he married in 1996 and became the father of Jason. Lee Dresser went on to do over 4,500 performances with the band and over 4,000 performances as a solo artist. The Krazy Kats were voted “Best Band in Kansas City”, inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Lee was diagnosed with Leukemia in May 2010, and never stopped fighting. He continued his passion as a musician with even having hit performances in England and Spain. He was a loving and upbeat individual that made a lasting impression on anyone he met, and he remembered everyone’s name, as they remembered his. He became to be known by another name, “Papa Lee” on July 20, 2012, and Charlyie Mae was the light of his life, where he went on to record songs for his true love and dedication as “Papa Lee”. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Louise Dresser (Roscoe); son, Jason Richard Dresser; daughter in law, Natasha Rene Dresser (Pettyjohn); and granddaughter, Charlyie Mae Dresser. All that have known him knew he made a great appearance in Heaven, as we know, he is still “ROCKIN’ IT!”Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday May 2nd, 2014 at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131 | 816-942-2004.


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