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.