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Merry TePoel

Merry TePoel, 71, of Solon, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at her home.
Celebration of Life Services were held Monday, June 19, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, in Solon. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at Brosh Chapel, in Solon.
Merry Lou TePoel was born in Waynesville, Mo., on Nov. 9, 1945, the daughter of Lawrence and Letha (Walters) Neal. Merry grew up in Missouri, attending elementary and high school in Crocker where she established many lifelong friendships. Merry attended Crocker First Christian Church growing up and was later baptized and became member of Solon United Methodist Church. During the height of the Vietnam War, Merry worked at Fort Leonard Wood, where she met and married Leonard “Len” TePoel on Feb. 3, 1968. At the completion of his military service, they moved to Iowa. Merry worked at University of Iowa (UI) State Psychopathic Hospital from 1968 until 1982, then worked for a private pediatrician, the Home Economics Department at the UI. In 1973, she started work at Westinghouse Learning Corporation, where she worked for 11 years. In 1984, she and Len started TePoel Trucking, later becoming LMT Trucking, Inc, which they ran for 21 years. Merry is survived by her husband of 49 years, Len; two sons, Evan (Elisha) of Solon and Todd of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters, Fiona and Isobel; one stepdaughter, Sherry McNeal, of North Liberty, and grandson, Logan; brother-in-law John TePoel (Pat), of Tama; nephew Duane (Brenda) TePoel, of Solon; niece Johna (Dave) Nelson, of Minnesota, several cousins in Missouri, and many very special friends and beloved pets, Bubba and Molly. She is preceded in death by her parents,
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.