In Memory

Curtis Cowell** - Class Of 1973

Curtis Cowell**

Curtis E. Cowell
1955 - 2013

On April 23,2013, Curt Cowell passed away at age 57. Curt's survivors include wife, Karen; son, Clayton; step-son, Stan Jones; Mother, Margarita; sister, Jaynee Kneeland; granddaughter, Maciella; step-grandchildren; Kinzie, Alan, Brian, Chance, Caleb. Curt was preceded in death by his father, Casey and daughter, Stephanie.

Curt was born November 8, 1955, to Casey and Margarita Cowell in Ruislip, England. He is a graduate of University of Hawaii and continued his education by receiving a Bachelors degree from Troy State University and a Masters degree from University of West Florida.

He enlisted into the USAF in 1975. Four years later he joined the reserves and also entered the civil service. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service as Chief Master Sergeant Master Historian and 36 years of civil service at Site C-6.

Public services was be held graveside at 10:00am Sat. April 27, 2013 at Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso, FL. A celebration of life followed the service at Niceville United Methodist Church, 214 S. Partin Dr., Niceville, FL.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family request donations be made in honor of Curt Cowell:

"Friends of the First Lady," the first AC-130 plane he navigated.
Donations should be made to: AF Armament Foundation (AFAMF).
In memo please indicate "For the First Lady."

Mail to: AF Armament Museum,
100 Museum Dr.,Eglin AFB, FL, 32542

If you care to visit the "First lady," the AC-130 aircraft is on display at the above address.

A memorial page has been set up for Curt. If you would like to leave a message for Karen and the family, please click this link to sign the Guest Book for Curt.

His wife, Karen wrote a letter explaining what happened to Curt:

"Thank you all for your condolences. Curt was not sick. He was moving some wood around in the front yard (doing some home renovations) before we left, tripped, and dropped a 6X6 board on his foot. It tore open the skin and turned his foot black, but he could still walk on it so he knew it wasn’t broken. This happened a couple of days before we left for a week in Branson. (As we were driving home from Branson) his pain continued to increase and by the time we reached Birmingham, Alabama, he was in tears. I started looking for hospital signs on the interstate and ended up in one of the best hospitals in the Southeast. ... Something told me at the time that he wasn’t going to make it. ... But, I have to look back and be so thankful that I was finally able to find the love of my life and we made amazing use of our short time of 17 years that we knew each other."

Barry Nunez - "Curt was so endearing to everyone. It did not take long to not just see, but to feel the natural goodness that exudes from the heart of his spirit. His love for you, Karen and his concern for all you had been going through was also so very evident. I was blessed to spend time with him at the reunion. My heart goes out to you, Karen and all of his family and friends and all of us fellow Falcons."

Gary Tomoyasu - "My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen and family. I am always saddened by the loss of a Falcon. As has been stated several times, Karen we open our hearts and nest to you...We are proud to call you Falcon."

Margie Packett Daniels - "Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen! Another falcon has left our nest, but we hope you will join us Karen! You are a falcon in your heart and I know Curt would like that."

Alise Ilean Karen - "Please know that you are a part of our JHS family and I am sorry to hear about Curt's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. He will certainly be missed!"

Gayle Riding - "Sure makes you realize how fragile we really are and how much we depend on each other. God bless you, Karen and your family."

Carolyn Cooper Kaylor - My heart & prayers are with Karen & her family as they go on in life without Curt. What saddens me is that he had to die a painful death. I know he is in a better place and pain free. Fly high Curt!"

Bunny Brown - "I have saved all my correspondence with Curt over the years, and was just threading them yesterday, wondering how someone so healthy could be suddenly gone? Karen's letter certainly does explain how fickle life can be!! I hope Karen joins our group! Curt and Karen are the nicest people! Please give her all our love, and I hope we all see her again!! She certainly is part of the Falcon spirit!! I do not know how many knew that Curt had lost his 18 year old daughter to a drunk driver!! My consolation, and comfort, is that Curt is now reunited with her!"

If you would like to add to the memorial mentioned here for this Falcons,
please contact Kay Weaver.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Curt very much.