Stateline DQ owner was ‘good friend to everyone’Published 11:04am Monday, December 14, 2009
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
Bob Cowan, owner of the Stateline Dairy Queen in Niles and member of the board of directors for the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, died Thursday following a fall the week prior from the second story of the restaurant.
Cowan was being treated at Memorial Hospital in South Bend in the Intensive Care Unit for extensive head injuries he sustained in the fall.
“He was just a well liked person by everybody,” close friend Jeff Putnam said Monday morning.
Cowan was changing heating vents when he fell from the rooftop of the Dairy Queen. Once hospitalized, his son Ken said doctors had placed his father in a medically-induced coma in an effort to manage any pressure on the brain and had planned to take him off medication last week to evaluate his recovery. Ken said he and the family were “optimistic” things were going in the right direction.
An active member of his church and in the community, Cowan’s presence, Putnam said, would be missed by many.
“He did a lot of things behind the scenes that people didn’t know about,” he added. “I never saw him angry.”
Putnam said Cowan was very active in church outreach and ministry programs and that he loved his business. The two friends, both business owners, often talked about business and shared a lot in common, Putnam said, crediting Cowan with getting him involved in the chamber of commerce.
The family is “getting along pretty well,” Putnam said. “They have a lot of support.”
“He was a good friend to everybody,” he said. “He is going to be missed by a lot of people.”
A funeral service will be held Tuesday in Niles. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown Funeral Home of Niles.