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Shonkwilers named 2008 fans of the year

By Staff | Aug 23, 2008

Dick and Jo Shonkwiler followed a long list of Midget faithful as the couple was named the 2008 Fans of the Year for Estherville Lincoln Central at the annual fall sports showcase.

The pair first met when Jo moved from her hometown of Pocahontas to Estherville in 1976 to work in a dental office. Dick grew up in Estherville and was a 1968 graduate of Estherville High School. He was working as a carpenter for Shonkwiler Brothers Construction at the time. It wasn’t long before the two were married in October 1977.

The couple has four children: Josh who’s 29, Adam, 27, Ben, 25, and Anna, 23; all are graduates and athletes of Estherville Lincoln Central. Between their four kids, Dick and Jo attended nearly all football, volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and baseball games both at home and away.

Although their kids are now grown, the two continue to follow both junior high and high school games

Odds are if any ELC team is playing anywhere in the area, the two can be found cheering on the team.