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Max Roberts

November 7, 2014


Max D. Roberts died peacefully, Friday, November 7, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS. with the family he loved surrounding him.  Max was born September 7, 1944 in Newton, Kansas to Eugene C. and Dorothy (Lyle) Roberts. He was a proud member of the of Newton High School class of 1963.  Following graduation, Max served in the U.S. Army in Germany.  On April 20, 1968 he married Rosemary Blair at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, where he was a member of the Crusaders Sunday School class.  He retired as a machinist from Case IH in Wichita.  Max was a supporter of student athletes at all levels of competition.  He coached his daughter’s softball and basketball teams.  Max was an umpire for youth and adult softball.  He enjoyed watching students practice and play sports in Newton and the surrounding areas.  He also was a loyal and vocal fan of Nebraska Huskers football and WSU Shocker basketball and baseball.   

He enjoyed delivering meals on wheels and spending time with friends at Druber’s Donut Shop.  He also liked fishing, camping, and bargain hunting at garage sales.  Max’s greatest joy was his family, and he never missed sharing a special game or performance with his beloved grandkids.  Max was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Donna Burks.  Survivors include his wife Rose, a sister, Patty Briar of Newton, and three brothers:  Mike and Jacky of Newton, and Jimmy of Wichita.  He was blessed with two daughters: Keri (Rex) Boley of Salina, and Brandy (Kyle) Beer of Newton.  Five cherished grandchildren include Alexa Jarrell, Colby Beer, Raef Boley, Makenzie Boley, and Kyler Boley.  Other survivors include many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. 

Visitation with the family will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday November 14, 2014 at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, KS with Pastor Nancy Crowl presiding.  Burial will be in the Restlawn Gardens of Memory Cemetery in rural Newton, KS.  In honor of Max’s sports enthusiasm, his family requests that you dress casually in your favorite sportswear for the services.   


Memorials suggested to Newton High School Athletics and The Newton Wrestling Club in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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18 thoughts on “Max Roberts

  1. Max Roberts family,
    Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Max was a very special person and will always be remembered.
    Keep those memories fresh and never forget the good times.
    Bob and Debbie (Friday) Davis

  2. Keri and family,
    Please know that all of us at SES are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We hope that, while grieving for the loss of your father, you find some peace knowing that he is at rest and that you will always have memories of your father’s love for you and family.

  3. Max, your family oriented presents will be missed. Each and every picnic, camping trip, sports game, movie and especially your super 4th of July celebration will never be the same.
    I will miss you tons and tons.

  4. Max Roberts family,
    Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Max was a very special to those of us at CNHi. We had every fond memories of Max during the time that we worked with him throughout the years that we worked with him. He was always giving us younger boys a hard time 😉 and we enjoyed having him around and missed him after he retired.
    God Bless… Joe Solomon

  5. What a man, the love, caring smile that I always seen on his face, each time I seen him. You could always see the pride he had for each of his family members. You will be missed!

  6. Rose – I was so sorry to read of Max’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Love Norma – from our SRS days!

  7. We have so many fond memories of Max, the biggest supporter in the stands whether it was football, wrestling or softball! You will be dearly missed… Your spirit will live on, silently cheering on your grand kids and their friends. It won’t be the same without you. Heartfelt thanks for all that you did for the community of Newton. It’s comforting to know that you are absent in the body but present with The Lord . “Well done good and faithful servant!”

  8. My Dear Friend, Rose, and family –
    “A well-lived life doesn’t end any more than music.
    It echoes through time with whispers of beauty and grace.
    If we listen, we can hear the encore with our hearts,
    for the song plays on,
    just as love lives on.”
    — Anonymous
    There will be beautiful “whispers” of your Max everywhere.
    With love, Gail

  9. I can’t tell you the number of times I saw Max at Newton High or Hesston High sporting events, as well as Drubers. I loved, respected, and appreciated his enthusiasm for sports, family, and friends.

  10. Max was a very special person and loved by so many. You were blessed to have him as a father and husband.
    Peace and blessings to all of Max’s family member
    Kate and William

  11. Max was the fastest and most competitive player on my Dad’s baseball teams. On Dad’s signal he would steal home. He’s home now.

  12. Dear Rose & Family,
    I cannot begin to express the grief and sadness we feel right now – for you, your family and for us. Danny, Max and I have a long history and friendship from the elementary grades to current. And the years we’ve had sitting together at WSU basketball games has been so much fun & special. It’s been wonderful & we miss Max so much. Please know that our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you now the days ahead. Our prayer is that you will find peace, comfort & joy in your sweet & precious memories. Max was a great guy and loved his sports!!!! And oh how much fun we had at those class reunions!! We will miss him but never ever forget him. We look forward to seeing you in the near future Rose!!
    With deepest sympathy, friendship & love,
    Danny (’63), Cheryl (’64) & Robyn Boyes

  13. To my beloved family, I was truly blessed to have Uncle Max and all of you as part of my family. He will be missed. My love to you all.

  14. Max was a great guy to be around. Always quick with a smile, kind word or friendly jab. Everyone will miss him.

  15. Rose, though I never met Max, I’ve been following your sharing about him over the last months or so. My prayers are with you and all your family as you grieve his death. May God’s presence be known to you all in a meaningful as you remember him through your shared stories of his life.

  16. Thoughts and prayers to you all at this time he will be missed lots I know he was a great guy for sure he knew how to make you laugh we had lots of them growing up.

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