Dale K. Kobler
June 23, 1928 – January 5, 2021
Dale K. Kobler, 92, of Newton, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Born and raised in Tranquility, Dale lived in Newton for most of his life. He resided in Central South Carolina from 1980 until moving back to Newton in 2016. A graduate of Newton High School, Dale had an outstanding high school wrestling career, winning the State Championship in both 1946 and 1947.
Dale was the owner/operator of the former City Service Gas Station in Newton. In his later years, Dale worked as the Circulation Manager of the New Jersey Herald and was also a former Probation Officer for the Town of Newton. Dale coached wrestling at Pope John High School from 1961 to 1975 and was inducted into the Sussex County Hall of Fame in 1983.
The son of the late Phillip and Velma Kobler, Dale was predeceased by his wife, Jane (Fanfone) Kobler on November 20, 2015. He is survived by his daughters from his first marriage, Robin McMahon of Delaware, Nancy Hartmann of Hawley, Pennsylvania, and Lynn Wynn of Shohola, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his bonus daughters from his second marriage, Janice Wales of Easley, South Carolina, Elizabeth Anne Fanfone of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Carol McGowen of Newton and Theresa Tervedi of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Due to the COVID Pandemic, a memorial service will be held in June.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.
Memorial donations may be made to Pope John XXIII Regional High School Wrestling Team, 28 Andover Road, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithmccraackenfuneralhome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Dale K. Kobler
January 11, 2021
It was with much sadness that I read of the passing of Dale Kobler. Mr. Kobler was a family friend and as a child I often waited after school at his gas station for my parents to pick me up.
My father told me of Mr. Kobler's outstanding athletic achievements at Newton High School and I watched him nurture and develop the wrestling program at Pope John XXIII HS during my tenure there as a young teacher.
Mr. Kobler was always kind and helpful. He was respected and admired by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
May he rest in peace.