Kevin Verpaele was born in the town of Elmhurst in Illinois, but spent the majority of his childhood in Merritt Island, Florida. He went to the local schools for elementary, Jr. High and High School. He enjoyed his time in Florida as he got to experience the joys of living in a small town that is safe and familiar. He graduated from Merritt Island High School in 1999. While his High School experience was the same as it was for many kids, for Kevin Verpaele, it was a special time because it was while he was in High School that he met the love of his life, and now wife, Kathleen Rao. Their story did have a common small town event in that Kathleen become pregnant with their daughter, the first of what would be six kids. Kathleen gave birth to Kaley Verpaele on June 8th in 1999.