Funeral services for Brendan Ray Smock will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Gillette Memorial Chapel.
Brendan Ray Smock, age 28, of Richardton, North Dakota, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as a result of injuries he received from being struck by a pickup truck.
Brendan was born on September 9, 1984 in Gillette, Wyoming the son of Lisa (Johnson) Wanke and Albert Smock. At the time of his death he was employed by Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing in Dickinson, North Dakota, building electrical components for the aerospace industry.
After receiving his GED, Brendan enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2002. He was assigned to the 348th Engineer Detachment. He spent his 18th birthday serving as a member for the Coalition Task Force-82 in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2003, he received The Army Commendation Medal from the Secretary of the Army.
In 2004, Brendan was given the greatest gift in meeting Jennifer Martin. The Lord blessed them with two beautiful boys — Evan Connor born in 2005 and Riley Patrick born in 2007.
Brendan enjoyed wrestling as a young boy and wrestled with the Touch of Gold wrestling club starting at age 6. His love for the sport helped bridge his enthusiasm for MMA fighting, where he trained for a period in Corpus Christi, Texas. Also, thanks to his Grandma Evelyn, was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.
Brendan Smock is survived by his sons: Evan and Riley Smock of Sachse, Texas; parents Lisa (George) Wanke of Gillette, Wyoming and Albert Smock of Hewitt, Texas; sisters, Danielle Davila (Joe) Spelts of Gillette, Wyoming, Savannah and Alexis Smock of Hewitt, Texas, and Kassidy Wanke of Gillette, Wyoming; brother, Colter Young of Gillette, Wyoming; nieces: Phoebe and Sophia Spelts of Gillette, Wyoming.
He was preceded in death by grandparents: Evelyn Smock, Duane Johnson and Judith Johnson, and uncle Brad Johnson.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Brendan’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.