John Cowen, 83

John T. Cowen, 83, a resident of Columbia City, died at 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.He was born Sept. 18, 1926 in Fort Wayne, a son of Theodore Cowen and Ilene Snyder. His formative years were spent in Columbia City where he was raised by foster parents, Purl and Wilma Schoeff. After graduating from Columbia City High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served during W. W. II.Following his discharge from military duty in October 1946, he started his employment with Whitley Products Company as a purchasing agent and completed 25 years of service.On Aug. 6, 1960, he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Woosley and they have always made their home in the Columbia City area. They resided at Goose Lake for several years where they owned and operated the Goose Lake Resort, later the Wolf Lake Bar and then the Crossroads Inn in Ligonier. He retired from United Technology as a purchasing agent.He was a member of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post 98. He enjoyed golf and was an avid horse shoe pitcher and was also a regular member of the Grace Lutheran Church Men’s Breakfast Club.The surviving relatives include his wife, Norma; a son, Doug (Barb) Cowen, Columbia City; a daughter, Linda Slone Needler, North Webster; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by a great-great-granddaughter and his son-in-law, Larry Needler.The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the Rev. Gene Rohrer, pastor of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, officiating. The burial will be in the South Park Cemetery with the North Webster American Legion Post presenting the graveside honors. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour before the service on Wednesday.For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Oak Grove United Methodist Church.Condolences to