Dale Neese, 80, of Cottage Hills, passed away and went to be with the Lord at 5:06 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Helia Healthcare of Greenville.
He was born July 30, 1935, in Pleasant Hill, the son of the late Edwin and Erma (Freeman) Neese. He married the former Mary Lou Herrin June 11, 1955, in Cottage Hills and she preceded him in death Jan. 28, 2004. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Briena and Shane May of Rosewood Heights; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Susie Neese of Cottage Hills, and Bruce and Marla Neese of Greenville; two grandchildren, Tyler Neese and his wife, Rachel, and Tanner Neese; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carol Forman of San Diego, Calif., and Marilyn and Charles Corzine of Rosewood Heights.
Dale formerly owned and operated Neese Masonry in Cottage Hills. He enjoyed beekeeping, woodworking, gardening and hunting. He was an active member of Friendship General Baptist Church in East Alton. He read his Bible daily and loved the Lord.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Brent Neese; one brother, Leon Neese; and a brother-in-law, Charles Forman.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of funeral services at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. His son, the Rev. Bruce Neese, will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials are suggested to the Helia Healthcare Activity Fund and can be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.