Curt D. Rowe
1954 - 1994
"I am free! Praise God I am free!"
Rowe was born in Houston to Nelson and Julia Catherine Blackman
Rowe on November 16, 1954. Mr. Rowe joined the U.S. Marine Corps
in 1972 and served for four years, including a tour in Vietnam.
After being honorably discharged in 1976, Mr. Rowe worked as a
dishwasher, store clerk, vacuum cleaner salesman, and oil field
roughneck. He also worked in security and personnel management.
He eventually founded his own delinquent accounts retrieval company.
Mr. Rowe enjoyed reading science fiction and Shakespeare.
He was also an accomplished chess player. A fan of Janice Joplin,
Jimmy Hendrix and the Beetles, he also liked Beethoven.
In 1976, Mr. Rowe met a pretty young lady named
Angie Garibay. One month and three days later, Curt and Angie
married in November. In 1979 God blessed Curt and Angie with a
little bundle of joy named Kelly Alexander Rowe. Although the
couple divorced in 1984, Angie and Kelly took Mr. Rowe into their
home during Mr. Rowe's long and heroic battle with AIDS.
His wish was granted. He will never be buried. Instead he was
launched into space: The Final Frontier.
Therefore should every soldier in the wars
do as every sick man in his bed, wash every mote out of his conscience:
and dying so, death is to him advantage; or not dying, the time
was blessedly lost wherein such preparation was gained: and in
him that escapes, it were not sin to think that, making God so
free an offer, He let him outlive that day to see His greatness
and to teach others how they should prepare.
--William Shakespeare, King Henry V,
Act IV, Scene 1