Born on Dec. 24, 1954, in Mineola, he was the son of George and Agnes Jensen VanDerlaske. On Sept. 16, 1978, in Olean, he married Diane Crean who survives. VanDerlaske received a bachelor's of science degree from SUNY Fredonia and was employed by Mulligan Inc. of Holland. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed making his own wine.
Surviving besides his wife of Franklinville are two sons, Brian (Kelly) VanDerlaske of Raleigh, N.C., and Stephan (Jessica) VanDerlaske of Arcade; two daughters Jennifer (Mike Slater) VanDerlaske of Shinglehouse, Pa., and Samantha VanDerlaske of Franklinville; four grandchildren, Lilly, Desiree, Travis and Abe; two brothers, Ken VanDerlaske of Florida and Jim VanDerlaske of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and George VanDerlaske; and a sister, Shirley VanDerlaske.
A wake was held on Sept. 13, 2013 at the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home in Franklinville,
Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.