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“Pappy was a loyal friend, glad I had the privilege of knowing such a great man! Ride on my friend! ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Jane M. Kroegher - Lafayette, IN

“Bob you will be greatly missed. Your easy going approach was something we all envied, we all wanted to be like uncle bob and just take things slow...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Chandra Cowen - Carmel, IN

“Gonna miss your laugh my friend ! Don't raise hell in heaven rest in peace my friend ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Hillbilly - wolcott, IN - friend

“Pappy, you will be missed. So sorry to the family, you lost a great man. I will miss him more then he ever knows,he was a real true friend. Ride free...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Carla Reel - Lafayette, IN

“Karen, your brother looked like a mountain man to be when he'd ride up on his bike in your drive. You have been such a comfort in my loss of Bruce. ...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Carolyn Gardner - Kokomo, IN

“Brad, I just called you Graig, Sorry about that i always got Your and Craig mix up and the two of you played pool with Willie. So very sorry to...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Steill - Lafayette, IN

“Graig, So sorry to hear about...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Steill - Lafayette, IN

“I was so suprised to find that Bob had passed this week. You will miss him so much, I know. Karen, did Bob still have his big beard? If he did, he...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Clawson Stockton - Kokomo, IN

“Pappy, You will be so very missed...thank you for being a great person and a perfect friend...I havent forgot about put sponge bob boxers....We love...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Tami and Mark Allen-Fleming - IN

“Sorry for your lost. May he rest in peace. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Pat Logan - Rockwell, NC - friend

“Bob: You were a man among men. You were a standup guy.I sponserd you when you came into the club.Short time later i lost my leg i remember when i...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Harley Lee Seabolt - Lafayette, IN

“Pappy and I have known each other for a short time. I hope you know how much he was loved. I wasn't one of his close friends, but he made me feel...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Estes, Benton Co ABATE Rep - IN

“Wanting to say that to Lee Ann keeping her in thoughts at this time with the passing of her Dad. From long time friend, Michele Drake ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Michele Drake-Dauby - Lafayette, IN

“Rest in Peace Bob!Can you feel the wind in HeavenCan you hear me call your nameCan you see the tears that fallThis world wont ever be the same Can...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Theresa Jacobsen - Bloomingdale, MI

“Loved when I got to visit and talk to Pappy. He always had a big smile for me. He will be missed. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Maelene Grenat - Mooresville, IN

“You are going to be greatly missed :( ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Jill Wesner - Lafayette, IN

“God needed a new Road Captain and He only calls the best. Ride on pappy. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Dave & Vickey Neal - Lafayette, IN

“R.I.P. Pappy. We know you will be riding on in Heaven! ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Brandy A. McCoy - Lafayette, IN

“We are very saddened by the news of Pappy's passing-- he will be missed by many. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Jim and Pam Tesch - Lafayette, IN

“Ride Free in Heaven! We love you! ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Tony Dunbar & Susie Poe - IN

“R.I.P!!!! Pappy we all will miss you.... May you ride in peace and comfort.. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: leslie and Dennis Herrick - IN

Robert T. "Bob" "Pappy" Cowen of Lafayette passed away suddenly of a heart attack at his residence Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Born January 23, 1947 in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Raymond R. and Mildred F. (Trapp) Cowen. He was raised in Ockley, but lived most of his in Lafayette. He graduated from Delphi High School in 1965. He received a HVAC Degree from Ivy Tech. Pappy was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam conflict from 1968-1972 stationed at Grissom Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan and Guam.

Pappy was an ALCOA retiree and most recently worked at Lafayette Auto Supply part-time. He was a longtime member of ABOLAFIA and ABATE and loved going on many benefit rides. He loved motorcycles, hunting and camping. When his children were younger he coached sports and was active in boy scouts. He truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is his daughter, Lee Ann (husband Mike) Tate of Forest and son, Brad (wife Michelle) Cowen of Battle Ground. Two sisters Nancy Cowen of Ockley and Karen Cowen of Kokomo, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and 1 nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jim Cowen.

Memorial Visitation Monday 5-7 p.m. with a Memorial Service following at 7 p.m. at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Lee Ann Tate. Hippensteel Funeral Service entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at