Max Owen was born July 27, 1912 in Gladwin, Iowa to Walter and Mabel Hendrickson Owen. He grew up in the Washington area and graduated from Washington High School. On May 1, 1937, he married Edith Clingman in Rock Island, Illinois. Max farmed in the Packwood and Washington areas and later worked in telephone construction for 20 years.
Max and Edith had 3 sons: Jerry, Edinburg, Texas; Gary, Greentop, Missouri; and Edward, Brighton, Iowa. Max had a brother, Warren, of Muscatine; two sisters: Betty Soukup, Washington and Mary Shy, Davenport. Max and Edith had 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.