casey charles underwood

There are a lot of things I want to say. In fact, I’ve been writing notes to Casey every night since his last admission to the hospital. I’m struggling – struggling because I can make it through the days, because I don’t spend all of my time crying, because I still laugh, because I still live. I feel all of the things and none of the things. I’m surrounded by people and I’m busy arranging things, so I’m okay until I stop to breathe or I lie down to sleep or look at old photos. I feel strange and sorrowful and empty and full. I feel things I don’t understand. But I’m not ready to share it all. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready. So instead, I’ll share this obituary, this meager piece I wrote about Casey, this token that I’ll send out into the world. It’s nothing, but it’s all I have right now. I love him now, I loved him then, I’ll love him always.


Casey Charles Underwood, age 32, of Cypress was called Home on December 24, 2019 after a long battle with cancer, which he fought valiantly for five years. He was born April 4, 1987 to David and Teresa Underwood in Crown Point, Indiana. Casey was an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller, a licensed FAA certified air traffic controller, and a divemaster. He was employed by Gyrodata Inc. – first as a field engineer, then as a part of the Global Response Team, and finally as the Tech Services Coordinator. 

Casey loved anything with wheels and he loved his girls, and one could never be certain which he loved more. His love of wheels started with dirt bikes and he spent years racing motocross; more recently, he spent time riding as a member of the Deacons of Deadwood – a motorcycle club and charitable organization in Houston. He was a hot pepper connoisseur and gardener extraordinaire, as well as a master of the grill. Casey never met a stranger he wouldn’t call a friend and nothing made him happier than interacting with people. 

Casey is survived by his wife, Michelle Underwood (Rodriguez); two daughters, Zoey and Charley; parents, David and Teresa; and sister, Kelly Underwood.

Casey is preceded by grandparents, Arthur and Wilhelmine Cunningham; and Wilbur and Sylvia Underwood.

His funeral mass will be held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church on Monday, December 30th at 3:00 pm. Following the service, there will be a motorcycle-led procession to the Tomball VFW for a Celebration of Life.



  1. Perfect. Casey wouldn’t want you or anyone else to stop living. Keep doing you and know that he loved you mostest. See you soon! # justaphonecallaway


  2. Casey sounds like an amazing man! So sorry for you and your girls to lose him. Your stories bring him to life and will keep him there forever.


  3. Keep breathing… I know it is hard… I have walked this path too after losing my soulmate. Know of my abundant prayers and love being sent to you and your family.


  4. So sorry for your loss. I went to school with Casey and have many memories of shenanigans and motocross! Prayers for you, the girls, and the rest of the family!


  5. Michelle, I don’t know you and cannot know what you are feeling. But I too lost my Scott, a CCT, at the age of 33 to cancer. Please know I am praying for your heart and for your family. Please send me an email if/when you might be ready. I hope I might be able to offer support and understanding. Much love, Lori (Giuliani) Mooar


  6. Michelle I remember much happier days when you you were just a teenager carefree and happy. I never imagined a future full of so much pain and loss. Know that I love you and hold you close to my heart.


  7. I am so sorry for you, the girls, Casey’s family and all of the rest of us that loved him. He was all that you say he was and more. As you know I have been where you are now. It is hard, extremely hard And I can’t say it ever gets easier, just more “livable,” if that makes any sense? You are an amazing woman and person and you will live on, even if that seems impossible. Do it for Casey, do it for the girls, do it for yourself…but right now, just realize that this amazing hurt that you feel is directly attributable to the amazing love that you both shared. That’s what makes it so hard. Casey will always live on in our memories of him and in his daughter’s smiles…I love you very much, Michelle. I know you will be strong, but for right now, just be as you need to be…we understand. ❤


  8. My heart breaks for you and your daughters. You are in my thoughts. Casey sounds like an absolute gem of a guy. I don’t know y’all but your story touched me. God bless.


  9. You are an amazing person and I’m so sorry that you and the girls are going through all of this. We are here for you anytime. 💕


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