Wayne Edward Grossman
Wayne Edward Grossman
  • November 27, 1946 - November 3, 2017
  • Sun City, Arizona

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Wayne Grossman, age 70, of Sun City, AZ passed away on November 3, 2017 at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Wayne was born November 27, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Margaret (Vanderlaan) Grossman. He graduated from Schurz High School. He was drafted into the Army and served in Korea from 1966 to 1968 and received an honorable discharge. He followed in his father's footsteps and worked in the music industry as an audio buyer. He developed a rapport with some of the DJ's at some of Chicago's major stations and became very influential in the music that the stations played. Some of the hits that he played a major part in their success were "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys, Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".

Wayne's favorite pastime was bowling. He bowled many 300 games and 800 series and he was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis. He later went on to own Des Plaines Bowl with his brother Ron and was able to spend the majority of his time doing what he loved. He was also a huge Chicago White Sox and Arizona Coyotes fan.

He moved to Arizona in 2005 and resided there with his loyal dog Buddy by his side until he passed.

He is survived by his three daughters whom he considered to be his greatest accomplishments: Michelle DeLatour and her husband Michael of Arlington Heights, IL, Nicole Giancaterino and her husband Jason of South Elgin, IL and Diana Capaccio of Scottsdale, AZ. He was the proud grandfather of Hayley, Ryan and Mason. He was the fond brother of Joyce Kennedy, Marilyn (Frank) Sowa, Keith and the late Ronald and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial is being planned to take place in the Chicagoland area.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Walk for Adoption Chicago. Wayne's grandson was adopted and his daughter Michelle organizes this event every year to celebrate adoption. For more information about this event, please visit http://www.walkforadoptionchicago.com/support/donations/