Panhandle Post

Dale R. Smock, 84

Published 2019-09-06T19:41:49.511Z

Dale R Smock, 84 of Scottsbluff, Nebraska passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at his home.

AMemorial Service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ed Hunzeker officiating. A private family inurnment will be at West Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or Regional West Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

Dale was born on January 16, 1935 in Fairfield, Nebraska to Lester and Octavia (Cook) Smock. He graduated from Gering High School in 1953. Dale married his lifelong sweetheart, Caroline Drumheller, on October 16, 1957 and to this union two children were born Stefani and Stuart.

He entered the U.S. Army in early 1958 serving for 2 years; then recalled for another year of service due to the Berlin Crisis and was Honorably Discharged.

He worked at Swift’s Meatpacking plant for over 15 years. In 1977, Dale founded his own business, Smock Drilling, drilling water wells for more than 30 years. Dale enjoyed his work, working hard to provide for his family.

Restoring vehicles was one of Dale’s favorite hobbies, which included his little red 1941 Ford truck.

He was an avid college football fan, husker fan and also local high school teams.