Born in Portage la Prairie and raised on farm west of Portage (Burnside), his family has served the community and surrounding area since 1868.
Owen attended Portage Collegiate Institute, Alberta Bible College and University of Alberta. He has certificates: Building Operator 1 and 2, Government Administrator and Real Estate Property Management. He has a Life Insurance license and currently is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer with McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.
Community service has included being a charter member of Herman Prior Senior Service Centre, a board member of Portage Woman’s Shelter Facilities and Portage Community Centre, Past Chairperson of Portage Plains United Way, Past President of Manitoba Assisted and Social Housing Association. To date, Owen has been serving as a Rotarian for 32 years, being the President twice. He is the current Chairperson of Trinity United Church Leadership Team, and Manitoba Funeral Services Association and Provincial representative for the Funeral Service Association of Canada.
Paula is the love of his life. They celebrated 42 years of marriage in 2014. They have a daughter Gail in Lethbridge, Alberta and a son Adam, with wife Carie in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Owen enjoys the out-of-doors, gardening (likely stemming from his farm roots), visiting his children and travelling.