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Ronald Lee Van De Pol

November 2, 1942 - May 16, 2022

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Ronald Lee Van De Pol was born to Stanley and Lena Mae (Allsup)  Van De Pol on November 2, 1942, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was raised on a farm west of Hedrick and graduated from Hedrick High School in 1961. He died in the early morning hours of Monday, May 16, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston.

He attended Iowa School of Automation in Des Moines after graduation and started working in 1962 in the IBM department at John Deere Des Moines Works. He also worked as a buyer and assembly line supervisor. In 1977, he worked for a short time as assistant store manager of a Massey Ferguson dealership in Creston, then for several years as parts manager of Van Wall Equipment in Woodward and Perry, and store manager at the dealership in Madrid. In 1990, he started driving a semi for Highway Mail going to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He retired the end of 2012.

On July 3, 1964, he married Lyn (Dann) and they made their home in Ankeny for eight years. They moved to an acreage near Slater and eventually to a house in town. In 2001, they moved back to Ankeny.

In the early years in Ankeny, he was on the fire department and was a part-time police officer. In Slater, he was on the fire department, was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was a coach of Slater Little League.  He was a member of Ankeny First Methodist Church and Slater United Methodist Church.

Ron is survived by his wife, Lyn of nearly 58 years; three sons, Bret (Alison) and children Brea (Quentin Danner and children Sullivan and Forrest), Tabor (fiancé Michael Carlson), Brody, Millie and Gus, Mark (Tina) and children Marisa (Josh Moos and children, Colson, Nash, and Holden), Mason (Libby), and Conner Stifel (fiancé Natalia Moreno), Kent (Sara) and children, Kade and Kali; and a brother, Stan (Rose Lee Richards). He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents (Allsup, Ladely, Van De Pol); brother, Terry; and daughter-in-law, Tracy (Carle).

A private family graveside service will be held Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A public visitation will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Courtyard by Marriott, 2405 SE Creekview Drive in Ankeny.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be distributed to favorite charities, or to the charity of your choice.

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