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.


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