Stavros "Steven" Frederic Rousopoulos arrived March 5, 1980 in Houston, TX and returned Home March 19, 2020 from Chicago, IL. In his 40 years Stavros made a point of getting the most out of life and embraced every opportunity to participate in whatever adventure he was offered. From mission trips with his church; to taking Boy Scouts all the way to the top and becoming an Eagle Scout; going all-in with the Brotherhood (mullets, robed basketball, the bridge, Big Boy nativities, RBI, etc.); international back packing escapades; sky diving and scuba diving! Then, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, and his zest for life really ramped up.
Stavros liked to share the story of a conversation he had with God, shortly before his diagnosis, asking God to humble him and make him more of the man God intended him to be, whatever that looked like. He would joke that cancer was not what he had in mind, but that he trusted God and would do his best to accept and embrace God's plan in his life. He knew that God did not give him cancer, but that God was with him and would help him get the most out of this cancer experience, and He Did!
Stavros would tell you that the years following his diagnosis were the hardest and best years of his life. He became very involved in Soul City Church, he got engaged and married, he went on a European trip of a lifetime, he became a Daddy and he got to experience an outpouring of love and support from so many people that he was overwhelmed by the blessing of it all. Stavros said regularly that he wished that everyone got to receive the love he was receiving, all of the time. If he could share one last insightful thought with the world today, I believe he would say, "Don't wait to say I love you, to your family or friends or neighbors. Say I love you today and every day after."
Stavros will one day be reunited with his wife Bevin and son Tommy; His mother Samme and father Deno Rousopoulos; his sister Rose Wallis, her husband Ryan, their children Phoebe and Maverick; his mother-in-law Candice Callan; his sister Katie; his sister-in-law Amy (Miller), her husband Kirk, their children David and Gigi; his sister-in-law Julie (Stieger) and her children Garet, Cody, Logan, Ella, Mya; his brother-in-law Scott (Callan), his wife Dee, their children Zach and Dylan; and his many brothers and sisters bound by love and friendship. Stavros is now united with Jesus and the family and friends who have gone before him. Thank you God for sharing Stavros with us, we miss him deeply and long for when we will all be together again in your house.
In lieu of an in-person funeral service the family will be holding a virtual service for Stavros through Soul City Church, on Tuesday March 31st at 11:30am CST/12:30pm EST. If desired the family asks that you make any memorial contributions to your local medical fundraisers for supplies. Stavros' mantra was "to do the most I can, for as many as I can, while I can". For others to carry this mantra during our world's time of crisis, would make his heart happy and hopefully yours too.
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