Mr. Nolan "Ralph" Reed Robertson, of Congress, AZ, passed away on [Friday, January 17, 2017] at the age of 67.
Nolan was born to parents Nolan and Ellen Robertson on September 13, 1949 in San Francisco, CA. He grew up as the eldest of 5 children and attended Phoenix Union High School. In 1974, he married Cynthia Broadnax and the couple had 3 children. They initially living in East Palo Alto, CA where Nolan worked at Lockeed Martin as a data processor. In 1977 they moved to Arizona where during that time, he worked at several companies in various industries. Eventually, he went back to school and in 1997 graduated with his Bachelor degree from DeVry University. After graduating, he worked in the IT department at the Arizona Republic. In 2004, Nolan and Cynthia divorced and in 2007, he remarried Arlena Birdwell. In 2010, he left his job at the Arizona Republic and he and Arlena moved to Ridgecrest, CA. Eventually they returned to Arizona in 2013 where he worked as a driver at The Meadows treatment center. Nolan had always been skillful when it came to construction and electrical work. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed taking on various projects around the house as well as listening to his HAM radio.
Ralph is survived by his wife Arlena; his children Akua, Manu and Camille Robertson; his siblings Denise and Emile Robertson, Pierre and Feora Rhinehart; his step-father Bill Rhinehart; his step-children April, Christy and Ricky Crivello; and 6 grandchildren.