It was through his wife’s stepfather that Lance Hockenbary learned about the Ringneck Energy employment opportunity.
“Earl was working in an explosives factory in Wyoming before coming to Ringneck,” said Lance. “He encouraged me to apply here.”
When Hockenbary made his application, his wife was student teaching in Ogallala, NE. “When we heard about this job, I applied for it, and she applied to teach school here.”
Hockenbary is a Nebraska native who grew up on a ranch near Valentine. His pursuit of a postsecondary education at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming ended after a semester when he got ill. He had spent several years as a farmhand and working odd jobs when he came upon the Ringneck Energy opportunity.
“The job appealed to me because it’s something new, and there’s opportunity to move up,” said Hockenbary.
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