Greg made his transition peacefully during the evening of Sunday Feb 1st after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers during the last days of his life. Greg was warm, charming, and always optimistic. He was generous with his time and always willing to help friends or family. No matter the circumstances, he could lighten the atmosphere with a quip or just a look. Greg never let cancer define him.
Gregory Martin Smock was born in Independence, Missouri to Joseph and DeLoris Smock and remained a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He was the second of five children. As a teenager, Greg worked alongside his dad at the family service station, S & S Conoco, and learned to love tinkering with cars. His musical tastes were eclectic, running from country rock to blues and jazz while favoring rock & roll. The cabin at the lake was a haven to the entire family growing up. In recent years, Greg and his brother Jeff spent many weekends there fishing, skiing, and boating. He attended Raytown High School, graduating in 1973. He met Betty Peters, fell in love, and they married in 1981. They spent 20 years together. Greg worked in construction trades and sales most of his life. He was a master with ceramic tile, a skill that served him well – both as a hobby and for a livelihood. In 2011 when housing construction slowed, Greg began work at the Community Blood Center, where he was involved in mobile collections at area businesses, schools, and churches.
Greg was preceded in death by his father, Joe. He is survived by his mother, DeLoris Smock; four siblings and their spouses: Deb and Larry Parks, Jeff and Diane Smock, Susie and Tim Dolan, and Bruce and Vicki Smock; many nieces and nephews; and his favorite person, Betty Smock.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Sat, Feb 7, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112. (816) 561-4466. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Gilda’s Club Kansas City or the American Cancer Society.