LaVerne Leo "Ratt" DeLand, 76, of East Main Road, Brocton, NY passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 surrounded by family following a brief illness.
He was born at home on April 12, 1937 in Lamberton, NY, the son of the late Rolland and Dorothy (Michalski) DeLand.
He attended Brocton Central School and joined the U.S. Navy Reserves and went on to enter the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.
LaVerne served as a "tin can sailor" from 1955-1957 aboard the USS Charles J. Badger as a ship serviceman 3rd class. He later received his high school diploma through Operation Recognition.
In his early years, he was employed at Vine City Dairy as a "milkman" and also owned and operated his grape farm. He went on to work in the oil and gas well service until his double retirement at the age of 72.
LaVerne, along with his wife Jane, most enjoyed spending time with their children and especially attending all of their grandchildren's many activities. He also enjoyed camping, beach vacations, NASCAR, the casino and hunting. He enjoyed reminiscing about his years in the Navy, gas fields and his family.
LaVerne is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jane (Genthner) DeLand, whom he married on November 8, 1958; his two sons, Michael (Angela) DeLand of Brocton, NY and Craig (Kelly) DeLand of Westfield, NY; and his two daughters, Lynn (Joel) Rammelt of Westfield, NY and Michelle DeLand of Brocton, NY. He was the very proud grandfather of Elisha (Mark) Kroger, Daniel, Steven, Taylor, Ryan, Garrett, Bradley, Abbigale, MacKenzie, Travis, Hunter, Madison and Elleigh.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Irving DeLand; and his sister, Donna (DeLand) Benson.
LaVerne proudly chose to donate his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program.
In lieu of flowers, please consider becoming an organ, tissue or body donor. LaVerne was a member of John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 on West Main Road, Brocton, NY where friends and family are invited to attend a military honors luncheon in his honor from 1:00 - 3:00 on Sunday, March 9, 2014.