If you have spent any amount of time attending area music or sporting events, the faces of this year's July 4th Grand Marshals will be very familiar. Lowell and Carol Evink have been named the 2009 July 4th Parade Grand Marshals and they will be leading the parade this Saturday.
Lowell has lived in the Hancock area since he was 11 years old and Carol has lived here all her life. Both are graduates of Hancock High School and all four of their children graduated here. They are now busy following their eight grandchildren, some in school in Hancock, others in California, Prinsburg and Alexandria.
Lowell moved with his family to Hancock from Bejou, Mn and lived for a few years along the Pomme de Terre River west of town. Later his family moved into Hancock and Lowell graduated with the Hancock High School Class of 1954. After high school he worked for his dad for a few years and then went into the navy. He served two years in the Mediterranean.
Carol DeGier grew up on a farm east of Hancock and was a member of the Class of 1957. She was active in music, plays and church activities. After graduation she worked for a time at the Hancock Drug Store. She and Lowell were married in 1958 and she then dedicated her time to their four children.
However her passion for music also created a part time job. After learning to play piano and organ from some very capable teachers, she passed on that knowledge by giving lessons. She has taught 100 of children how to play the piano over the last 50 years. She has also played the organ faithfully at the Hancock Christian Reformed Church during the years and volunteers her musical talents at many events in the community such as the annual 'Evening with santa."
Each spring Carol helps out at the school by accompanying many of the youth for their contest numbers. She has also played for many concerts, weddings and funerals. Aside from her children and grandchildren, music has been a big part of her life.
After returning from the navy Lowell went to work for Francis Schmidgall installing culvert and also for several area farmers. In 1962 he started working at Hancock Co-op where he remained until retiring in 2000. Even though he is officially retired, he continues to help out at Co-op during the busy seasons.
Lowell's favorite past time is working with wood. He has built many models of various types of vehicles over the years and even sells some at a truck stop in Sauk Centre. He latest challenge was the creation of a model Terra-gator all made out of wood. When not working with wood, Lowell also likes to spend time fishing.
For both Lowell and Carol, all other activities take a back seat when it comes to following their children and grandchildren in their many activities. Lori's sons, Derrick and Brendon Foss easily keep them busy here in Hancock however Rollin also has two children and lives in Prinsburg and Bruce has two children and lives in Alexandria. It is not as easy to attend the events of LuJean's two children as they all live in California. It is easy to see how these grandparents are kept very busy.
Within the community Lowell and Carol have volunteered many hours of their precious time. Both have been active in the Christian Reform Church serving on the board, teaching Sunday School, playing piano and serving for events. Lowell spent 22 years on the Hancock Fire Department and Carol worked at many Bloodmobile visits to Hancock. They can always be counted on to help out whenever the call goes out.
They feel very honored to be asked to serve as this year's grand marshals and especially want to thank the Hancock Lions for all the work they do for the community. They are very aware of the countless 'behind the scene' things the Lions are doing to help the community.
They are also pleased to be a part of this community and have enjoyed living here. It is a safe and friendly place to live and the July 4th celebration is always a much anticipated event. An event like so many others in this community, that is made possible through the volunteer efforts of people like Lowell and Carol Evink.