Harry Martin Dobbin II
December 29, 1949 – September 3, 2018
Harry M. Dobbin II,
Harry passed away peacefully Monday Sept. 3, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. He was 68. After graduation from Southeast High School he began to seriously pursue his dream of playing music. Through the 1960s Harry played in such well known local acts as Salty Oats and Harry and the Bushmen. As music changed in the 1970s, Harry was the bassist and vocalist for the country rock band Sawdust Charley. The band prided itself on original material including Harry’s songs. The band played nearly every state west of the Mississippi including appearances at the Troubadour, Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and the Palomino Club. In 2016, Sawdust Charley was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
In 1981, Harry became a kidney transplant recipient and celebrated all 36 years of life that it gave him. His annual April Fools parties helped to support the Kidney Foundation and raise awareness for organ donation.
Harry graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and began a career in graphic design. More recently Harry played in bands like Redshirt, The FunTones, and Harry and the Cats. In 2012, he released a solo album entitled “Weekend” He was also the art director of the Wichita Rock & Roll music project team that published, “Wichita Rock & Roll 1950-1980.” Harry was an exceptional talent with deep musical history that spanned over 50 years. He is preceded in death by his Father Ray Dobbin, Mother Dorothy Showalter (Fran) and Brother Ronnie Dobbin. Harry is survived by his loving wife Karen Dobbin. His Brothers Will Dobbin and Dennis Dobbin. His children John Dobbin (Kim), Heather Glenn (Jesse), Amanda Mayflower and Fenton Dobbin. Grandchildren Kevin Dobbin, Phoenix Cubbage-Dobbin and Niece Melissa Dobbin.
Services will be held at 3pm on Sunday, September 16th at the Candle Club, 6135 E 13th.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Kansas Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Suite 204, Overland Park, KS 66202 or www.kidney.org
Harry Martin Dobbin II
Shelley (Smith) von Merveldt
September 12, 2018
Dear Karen and family,
I am a friend of Harry's from the music and drama departments of Southeast High School. I did not keep up with him after graduation but, for all the years since, I have remembered him with much fondness. He was so talented then and was kind and quiet and "deep" and fun, not fluffy or clickish, like so many, but very genuine. I truly admired him. I was so glad to see him at the 50th SE High School reunion and was saddened by the affects of his stroke. I did not know of his many wonderful accomplishments or his kidney struggle after graduation and am so glad that his obituary so nicely reviewed them. I am so sorry for your loss and I am feeling very sad for his passing. Most sincerely, Shelley (Smith) von Merveldt
Melissa Lacey Nagy
September 10, 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Harry for several years. He was so kind and helpful and easygoing. A pleasure to be around. The last time I saw him was at Wichita Art Museum--he and Karen were leaving an event when I was arriving. We stopped and briefly chatted, he was smiling and as friendly as always. He will be missed. My condolences to Karen and all of his family and friends.
September 9, 2018
I met Harry in 1968. He was playing music and i enjoyed the band. watched him play many times during the years and always had fun talking about the old days and old bands. When we started the KEYN Summer Concert Series, I knew one of the First bands to play needed to
be The Fun Tones.Harry said Yes and we were on our way to having fun. I will miss You.
Jim & Sharon Kent
September 8, 2018
Harry was an artist on and off stage. Everyone looked forward to the postcards he created announcing the various band performances. They were always amusing and tongue in cheek. We have a scrapbook full of them. He was a good friend and coworker (though it never seemed like work.) We will miss him. Thanks for the memories.
Linda and Jackie Broyles
September 7, 2018
Harry has provided dance music for the Keystone Kops' Halloween parties at the Midian Shrine Center for 30 years. Eventually we think it was just a given and he awaited our phone call to confirm the date. His family often came and we were fortunate to meet Karen long ago.
Harry was ill through our 2017 party; but Karen said he was determined to "play the gig"! We will never hear The Monster Mash again without lovingly thinking of Harry.
Heaven has gained a wonderful man and the music will forever be strummin' good. Rest in peace and be well again.