Paul Lowry, Nov. 19, 1967- Oct. 16, 2012, of Columbia

Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CDT

Paul Lowry, 44, of Columbia, passed away October 16, 2012 at home.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at his childhood home in Columbia, Missouri on November 18th. It will be an open-house style gathering that will begin at 2:00.

Paul was born on November 19, 1967, in Cape Girardeau, MO to Paul David Montgomery and Jerri Anne (Cook) Lowry. Paul was later adopted by Tom Lowry.

An intense passion for the outdoors was always a definitive trait in Paul. He was most inspired by the beauty only nature could provide and his enthusiasm was infectious. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation from the University of Missouri. For 10 years he worked in Sequoia National Forest as an interpretive ranger guiding both walking cave tours and wild cave tours at Crystal Cave. During his years in California he took full advantage of all that the mountains had to offer. In the winter months Paul lived and worked in several ski resorts in areas that include Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain and Boulder, Colorado. He made his way back to Missouri where he continued to guide wild cave tours, Missouri River canoe trips and a number of other outdoor adventures for organizations like the City of Columbia, Columbia College and Rock Bridge State Park. At the time of his passing Paul worked as a Recreational Therapist at MUPC, helping people learn healthy recreational skills.

Paul’s hobbies included bonsai, landscaping, cooking, reading and cartooning. In his younger years he worked as a freelance illustrator for the Orange County Business Journal. He shared a love and appreciation of art with his wife Jeri, who he married under the rock bridge at Rock Bridge State Park in 2002.

Paul was a loving husband and father and is survived by his wife, Jeri Donoho; two sons, Cale and Jude; his mom, Jerri Lowry; two sisters, Tracey Steele and husband Jim, and Beth Lowry. Paul also leaves behind his extended family who cared so much for him, his nieces and nephews who were all dear to him, as well as his good friends that he made along the way.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for his son’s education to the Paul Lowry Memorial Fund at Landmark Bank, P.O. Box 1867, Columbia, MO 65205.

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