Joseph John Crowe, III “Terry”
Joseph John “Terry” Crowe, III, 72, of Newark, DE, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016, with his lifelong friend, Connie, by his side. Born on May 29, 1944, at Ottumwa Naval Air Station, Ottumwa, IA, the only son of the late Joseph J., Jr. and Ethel Hauber Crowe.
Terry’s family settled in Newark, DE, and in 1963 he graduated from Newark High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served with the Underwater Demolition Team TwentyTwo. Injured in a training mission and spending six months in a hospital in Italy, Terry requalified to return to his same unit and received an honorable discharge in 1967. A varied and diverse work history included OTR truck driver, cabinetmaker, carpenter and historic restoration, private investigator, and commercial diver. He pursued his passion of skydiving with over 5000 jumps, working as a master parachute rigger and professional demonstration parachutist.
He was an extraordinary man of many talents and skills who expected perfection in the details of his life. Safety was of utmost importance to him.
Terry is survived by his son, Brian. He leaves behind much “Family of the Heart” and was known as “Uncle Terry” to scores of nieces and nephews, who along with his many friends all across the United States, will cherish his memory.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Terry’s life on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 12 Noon, at Rock Presbyterian Church, 30 Rock Church Road, Elkton, MD, where visitation will begin at 11 a.m. (The church is located on Route 273 in Fair Hill, MD.) As per his wishes, Burial at Sea with military honors will be performed by the U.S. Navy.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Terry’s memory are suggested to the United States Parachute Association, U.S. Skydiving Safety Foundation, 5401 Southpoint Centre Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.