American Patriotic 11

Laurel Vander Pol

December 3, 1932 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 88)


Laurel Wayne Vander Pol was born December 3, 1932, to Christopher and Tena (Roorda) Vander Pol, at his parents’ home in rural Monroe.

Laurel attended country school and graduated from high school in Monroe in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953, attained the rank of Corporal, and was honorably discharged in 1955. 

On August 25, 1956, he was united in marriage to Nancy Rankin, at the Pleasantville Methodist Church.  To this union they were blessed with three children: Steve, Rick and Kristy.  Laurel loved working for Vermeer Manufacturing and the Vermeer family meant a lot to him. He retired from Vermeer in September 2000, after working there for 21 years. Seven-point pitch was his game!  During COVID-19, he enjoyed car rides to keep up with the town, and see the progress at Vermeer. He was a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge,  Red Rock Threshers, and the First Church of Pella, and a volunteer at the Vermeer Windmill. Later in life, his passions were volunteering at PET, and participating in tractor rides. He was also a farmer and he could fix anything. Laurel was a great man of integrity, who never knew a stranger, and frequently “paid it forward.”

Those left to honor his memory are his wife Nancy, and their children:

Steve and Barb Vander Pol

                        Tara and Matt Bockes

                                    Roman, Samson, Luxley

                        Nicole and Nathan Stoss

                                    Greyson, Jackson

                        Ellie and Joe McBride


Rick Vander Pol

                        Jason Martin and Brittney Garrison

                                    Jett, Jaxon

                        Sarah Vander Pol and Christopher White

Kristy and Bryant Hancock

                        Tyler Hancock

                        Shelby Hancock

                        Ryan Hancock

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Darlene Van Der Pol.

Laurel was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ada (Harold) Keuning, and his brothers: Harold (Henrietta) Van Der Pol, and Donald Van Der Pol.


To send flowers to Laurel's family, please visit our floral store.


February 21, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Masonic Service
February 21, 2021

3:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Memorial Service
February 22, 2021

10:30 AM
First Church
603 Broadway Street
Pella, IA 50219

Please note
The Masonic Service will be livestreamed on the Garden Chapel YouTube page. The Memorial Service will be livestreamed on the First Church YouTube page.


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