Roger VanderLaan

November 6, 1934 ~ September 30, 2022

Roger Glenn VanderLaan, age 87, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 30, 2022. He was born in Grand Rapids to Herman and Jean VanderLaan. Roger was a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he was an accomplished basketball player. He went on to graduate from Ferris State University where Roger “The Duper” was a basketball standout and hall of fame inductee. He was hired by Davenport University in 1963 to teach accounting, and also served as the athletic director and coached the Panthers basketball and golf teams. Following his time in athletics, he moved into the administrative ranks as director of admissions. He completed his career as the executive vice president, retiring in 2001 after 38 years at Davenport. Roger never met a stranger and had a genuine way of connecting with anyone he met. He enjoyed weekly breakfasts with the guys at the 76th Street Truck Stop and spending time in Aruba and Fort Myers Beach. Roger will be missed by many for his generous nature and infectious sense of humor. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Clare VanderLaan; children: Susan (Dale) Nutter, Christie (Andrew) Braun, Randall (Brenda) Goodyke; grandchildren: Amanda (Christian) Damon, Austin (Madison) Goodyke, Amber (Taylor) Brushwyler, Isaac Nutter, Emily Nutter, Maxwell Braun; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 11 a.m. Princeton Christian Reformed Church, 5330 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, with Pastor Steve Hull officiating. The burial will take place at Winchester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Monday, October 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW and Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Family Promise of Grand Rapids

The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed via this link:

Monday, October 3
4:00pm - 7:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Tuesday, October 4
10:00am - 10:45am

Princeton Christian Reformed Church
5330 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Funeral Service
Tuesday, October 4

Princeton Christian Reformed Church
5330 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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October 19, 2022 8:09pm
Rogwas a real character and fun to be with. He was a valued Davenport employee, I will miss him. Barb Mieras

- Barbara Mieras

October 06, 2022 9:10am
Laura and I were so saddened to learn this morning that Rog passed away last Friday. He was such a dear friend and mentor. We will miss him deeply. CG and family, please know that you are in our prayers. Al and Laura Wetherell

- Al and Laura Wetherell

October 04, 2022 9:42am
Clare, I would like to express my sincere condolences on the demise of your husband Rodger.

- Bill Komejan

October 03, 2022 4:14pm
Our entire family will miss Roger. We cherish the memories of happy times we shared with CG and Roger. From Davenport to Aruba we will always remember Mr. Vanderlaan. Taking comfort in knowing the guys are all together again. Miss all of them. Sending love and condolences to CG. The Maine Family

- Melissa Maine Gracias

October 03, 2022 9:42am
On behalf of the Aquinas College community, we extend our sympathy upon Roger's death. God grant you Gratitude and Peace as you celebrate his life and Eternal Life. We are grateful for his support of our Conductive Education Program. Know of our prayerful support as you treasure your family memories.

- Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP

October 01, 2022 4:39am
Rog was a very special person who made everyone feel comfortable with his love for life and his ability to make friends . He will be truly missed, but the memories he left behind will be treasured..

- Robert and Carole Pettijihn

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