Max Lyle Allen, 83, died Sept. 10, 2008, at his home in Zumbrota, Minn.
Max was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Washta, the son of Ralph J. and Iva Mae (Nafe) Allen. He spent his early years in Washta and Quimby, and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in Grand Meadow in 1943. Max attended York College and graduated in 1947. On June 18, 1948, he married Mary Alice Riggs in Ames. He graduated from Bonebrake Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 1950.
Max pastored at the Evangelical United Brethren in Cranston, Iowa, for 10 years. In 1960 they moved to Minnesota and Max worked with the Volunteers of America at Bar None Ranch in St. Francis. In 1971 he became the director of the Galloway Boys Ranch in Isle.
He was on the National Executive Board and served a term as National Religious Life Secretary for the volunteers of America.
Max is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Alice; his children, Ted (Karen Seay) Allen of Edina, Minn., Nancy (Larry) Hendry of Isle, Minn., John (Pam) Allen of New Hope, Minn., Scot (Becky) Allen of Branson, Mo., Joy (Joretta Marshall) Allen of Fort Worth, Texas, Ross (Annie) Allen of New Brighton, Minn., Amy (Jeff) Kelly of Le Mars; daughter-in-law, Anita Allen of Zumbrota, Minn.; 21 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; his sister, Reva Tomlinson of Spencer; and three brothers, Claire (Phyllis) Allen of Akron, Lowell (Elaine) Allen of Meridan and Verle (Kay) Allen of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parent and a son, Mark.
Memorial services were held Sept. 13, at New Life Church in Wanamingo, Minn. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Grand Meadow Cemetery, Grand Meadow, Iowa.