Max Robinett

TORRINGTON – On March 9, 2021, Max Robinett joined his loving wife of 68 years, Iona, in Heaven. Max was born May 25, 1929. In his words, “if they ask, tell them that I was born in an old rock house six to eight miles south of Bloomington, Neb., during the Dust Bowl.”

When he was three years old, he and his family moved to Wyoming in a ‘30s model Chevrolet with wooden spoke wheels. His dad purchased a farm 11 miles west of Jay Em. Max grew up there and farmed and ranched with his dad, raising dryland crops and registered Angus cattle.

Max and Iona eventually purchased the farm and remained there until 2005, when they moved to Torrington. Max enjoyed sharing memories with his family even during his last days on Earth. 

His Granddaughter wrote that he had an unmatched sense of humor and was the hardest working man she had ever met. He worked day and night to provide a beautiful life for his family for a generation. Max wondered what would be said about a man who lived a clean life. Along with his farm and ranch operation, he enjoyed hunting, playing pinochle and spending time with family. 

Max served terms on school boards in Goshen County and, in his younger years, was an avid member of shooting clubs. He was proud of all of the medals he had won during those times. 

Max and Iona married June 20, 1951. He is survived by one son, Gary Robinett, of Torrington and three daughters, Linda and her husband Ken Keener of Marsland, Neb., Susan, and her husband Mike Neilly of Colorado City, Colo., and Sally, and her husband Joe Cole of Torrington, nine grandkids and 16 great-grandkids. Also, a special ‘son-in-law’ Doug Herdt.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Iona, his parents and an infant brother. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 12, at Colyer Funeral Home with limited capacity. The family would like to invite friends to join them after the service at the graveside at the Lutheran Church, 2973 East B Street in Torrington. Memorials may be sent to the Senior Friendship Center in Torrington or the Torrington EMS Ambulance Service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send condolences to the family at


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