Max Joseph Lewellen was born on January 21, 1932, in Morehead, Ks to Jessica and Marvin (Cotton) Lewellen. He was greeted by his two older sisters, Patty, and Priscilla.
Growing up Max loved sports. He played football and was especially good at baseball. His other passion was his greyhounds that he raised and trained for coyote hunting. In February 1953 Max was drafted into the United States Army and served as a heavy equipment mechanic. He was deployed during the Korean War. During his time in Korea, he shared his love of baseball by teaching a team of Turkish fighters the art of the game. In January 1955 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. After his return to Kansas, Max married. His ex-wife Janice, his adopted son Andrew Jason and natural daughter Nancy Jane, all preceded him in death. He enjoyed gardening and was known for his tomatoes, turnips, and corn, which he enjoyed sharing with his friends and neighbors. Max worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 1994 as the supervisor of the Altoona office. In 2010, Max was honored as the Four States Hero by KOAM.
Max passed away on September 9, 2022, at 90 years of age and will be greatly missed by his long-time friend and companion Louise Click, friends, family and Callie the cat. He played a special role in all their lives and was dearly loved.
At Max’s request, there will be no services.
Memorial donations in his memory can be made to Countryside Funeral Home for the purchase of children’s playground equipment to be placed in the park.
Services entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 420 S. 20th, PO Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736