Kevin Van Polen (1978-2019)

Kevin Lee Van Polen, age 41, of Attica, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Kevin was born on March 26, 1978, at the Mahaska County Hospital to Robert and LeAnn (McKay) Van Polen. He grew up and attended school at Twin Cedars, graduating with the class of 1996. On Oct. 11, 2003, he married Kristen Toll at the Tracy Christian Reformed Church. To this union, two children, Kaylee and Kinsley, were born. Kristen and Kevin shared 15 years of marriage prior to his passing.

Following high school, Kevin went to work for De Vries Electric, where he obtained his journeyman’s license, and was still currently employed. He was a very talented fabricator who enjoyed building many different things, including rock climbers and smokers. He enjoyed the outdoors doing things such as hunting, boating, and golfing. Family was everything to Kevin. He loved gathering with family and also loved the food, especially mashed potatoes and noodles. Above all, he was a loving father who loved spending time with his girls, Kaylee and Kinsley.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Kristen Van Polen; two children, Kaylee and Kinsley Van Polen; his parents, Bob and LeAnn Van Polen; two brothers, Mark Van Polen and Dennis Marlin; one sister, Dawn Ann (Bruce) Crozier; his nieces and nephews, Amanda, Jacob, Kade, Nathan, Megan, Conner, and Hunter; his grandmother, Monna Pinne; his parents-in-law, Craig and Kathy Snell and Dan Toll; and a sister-in-law, Angie (Shawn) VanEngelenhoven. Kevin is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Laurel Van Polen; an aunt, Mazie Rouw; two uncles, William Van Polen Jr., and Denny McKay; and a cousin, Brenda Nichols.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Kevin’s family present throughout the evening to greet family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Celebrate Church in Knoxville. Burial will follow services in Liberty Cemetery in Bussey.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Kevin’s two girls, Kaylee and Kinsley, for college funds.

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