By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the education and future of the children of a Texas man found dead near Jackson on Tuesday.
Robert “Bob” Lowery’s remains were found Tuesday with a black Nike duffle bag “significantly” off the trail on a steep, wooded slope, according to the Teton County search and rescue team. Volunteers spent Tuesday afternoon recovering the body from the mountainside.
Lowery was last seen on the Black Canyon Trail near Wilson at around 2:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.
The GoFundMe campaign will support the education of Meredith, 12, and Luke, 15, Lowery’s children, and is being operated by the late man’s sisters, Anne and Leigh Lowery.
“Bob, a loving father, is survived by two beautiful children, Meredith and Luke, and their mother, Christelle,” the campaign page said. “The children will have the unconditional love and support our full extended family; however, in the wake their father’s unexpected death, we want to ensure that they are best set up for their future.”
As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had raised a little more than $300. The sisters set a goal of $50,000, but noted on the campaign page that there was no real expectation of how much they would raise.
“Regardless of monetary contribution, please know that we have felt the continued love, support & prayers from our community, family & friends throughout this tragedy,” the campaign said. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Any level of contribution is truly appreciated.”
More than 25 people and three dog teams from the region helped search for Lowery. Collectively, the search teams hiked more than 75 miles and covered 22,500 feet in elevation.
Calls for assistance in locating Lowery went out in early September, a little more than two weeks after he was last seen by two hikers on the Black Canyon Trail who described Lowery as sitting on a big rock along the trail.
Lowery flew to Jackson from Houston on Aug. 19, canceling his mail delivery before he left.