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Colorado Springs-area man dies young, but happy in his short marriage

By: The Gazette
May 23, 2014 Updated: May 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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photo - With oxygen in hand, Robbie Zietz, 21, right, and Gabby Houser, 19, walk down a path at Fox Run Regional Park under a shower of bubbles Saturday, May 10, 2014 after being married in a ceremony three weeks after Zietz underwent heart surgery. After being engaged for almost three years, the couple planned the wedding after doctors discovered and removed a cancerous tumor from Zietz's heart. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
With oxygen in hand, Robbie Zietz, 21, right, and Gabby Houser, 19, walk down a path at Fox Run Regional Park under a shower of bubbles Saturday, May 10, 2014 after being married in a ceremony three weeks after Zietz underwent heart surgery. After being engaged for almost three years, the couple planned the wedding after doctors discovered and removed a cancerous tumor from Zietz's heart. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

On May 10, Robbie Zietz married his long-time sweetheart, Gabby Houser.

It was the best moment of his life.

He suffered from a rare form of cancer, and had to have open-heart surgery to remove a tumor on his heart just three weeks before the marriage.

The cancer had spread to his lungs, and he was treated with chemotherapy.

"I went from the worst couple of weeks of my life to the best month of my life," he said at the time. "Nothing can get me down at this point."

Nine days later, Zietz, 21, died.

The fabrication welder and longtime Colorado Springs area resident, is survived by his wife, Gabrielle M. Houser; two fathers, Robert A. Zietz Sr. and Thad Houser; two mothers, Chrissy A. Zietz and Jennifer Houser; and grandparents Orlynn and Bruce Dannels.

The memorial service will be held at noon Sunday at the Sons of Silence Clubhouse, 1230 Sherwood Lane.

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