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Dennis "Denny" Allen Roose, 64, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017, at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield.
Denny was born October 1, 1953, in Rockford, the son of Ellis "Bud" and Clara (Vandre) Roose, and graduated from Guilford High School.
He attended NIU as a music major and remained in the DeKalb area. He most recently worked for Century Electronics, West Dundee. Previously, he was co-owner of Classic HiFi, DeKalb.
Denny married Lynn Talsma on July 5, 1991, in Sycamore.
He is survived by his daughter, Joslyn of Chicago; his wife, Lynn, and their children Taylor and Elissa; his sister, Debra of Rockford; and many cousins. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Joy Talsma of Glen Ellyn; brothers-in-law, Craig Talsma (partner, Susan Triphahn) of Hoffman Estates and Carl Talsma (Tara) of Copley, OH; and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his father-in-law Robert "Bob" Talsma.
A memorial reception will be held January 13, 2018, from 6:00-9:30 pm with family remarks at 7:30, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the local school music program, swim team, or animal shelter of your choice to honor Denny.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, Ill.

Condolences & Shared Memories (11)

  1. Mike Hanrahan

    I met Denny when I became a Sales Rep. It turned out we were both Huskies back in the early 70's. Denny always had time for me when I made a Sales call. We talked and texted about Huskie Sports and I came to consider him my friend. I saw him when he first went into the Hospital downtown. He knew the odds were against him but he went down fighting. Farewell you Old Huskie Dog. God keep you!

  2. Jeff Starr

    Working with Denny at Appletree back in the early days of hi-fi was great. Always had a smile and would help you if you needed it. As a Rep, he'd always find a way to get me a critical part I needed in a stressed timeliness. Loved that he cared so much. Will miss you brother. RIP.

  3. Ginny Rasmussen

    First met Denny when he and my future husband were roommates...and soon we all worked together at Appletree. Denny was the kindest person, gentle soul, and always willing to help with any sales questions or problems. So happy we got together this fall to meet for a drink at Remingtons in Malta...He will be missed...My deepest sympathy to his wife and children. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dan Brostoff

    Denny, always a smiling face, always something good to share with other people. It's been so many years since we've talked or spent a moment together but you're presence is still fresh in my mind. Rest in peace.

  5. Phil and Cindy Ward

    Always enjoyed Denny's company back in the Appletree days. Through Facebook over the last couple of years we got back in touch. We will be in Florida this Friday but wanted to day our thoughts are with the family and friends. I know it will be a good send-off and sure there will be lots of good music. Best to you Denny wherever you are!

  6. Steve Thoren, Elgin, IL

    I knew Denny over 40 years from back in the AppleTree days. He was always a kind hearted easy going man that had a smile and gave you one back. I had a few visits with him this past year and it was if he hadn't changed a bit. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him. May he RIP and help heaven with there sound systems. ☺

  7. Steve Bell

    Ruth and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Roose family. Denny went thru a lot the last few months as did his family. Denny enjoyed a good time and was always fun to be around. He was always willing and glad to help with lots of our requests for help over the years. Just an all around good guy. He will be missed.

  8. Lohse Family

    Denny was a kind hearted, giving soul. He always found joy in talking about Lynn and the kids, with that unmistakable Denny humor. Denny touched so many lives, he will be greatly missed. Thank you for making all our lives richer by knowing you.

  9. Sue Doederlein

    Denny was a music legend in DeKalb. My late husband had an obsession with assembling the best possible sound system for our home; Arthur and Denny became acoustic besties before the term "bromance" was coined. Denny and Arthur would spend hours debating the best speakers, turntable, needle -- and I have today the fruits of that collaboration. Denny also knew our tastes in music, so whenever we'd come into his store, he'd have a list of the CDs or records he knew we'd want to buy. Even greater than his knowledge of music was his generous heart. He was kind, witty, and charming; he was also great with our now very adult kids when a visit to Classic HiFi wasn't a top priority, so much so that the kids would actually ask when we'd go see Denny again. Lynn, Joslyn, Taylor and Elissa, I'm very sorry for your loss. Denny Roose was truly a great man.

  10. Brian Scholle

    My deepest condolences. I've known Denny since the Classic Hi Fi days. A great human being. He will be missed and always remembered.

  11. Moon family

    Denny was always the go-to guy for the announcing system for the swim team. If we couldn't get it to work we always looked for Denny! He knew his stuff for sure. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Love you all.

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