Ronald Wallace Robertson, 72, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away from congestive heart failure on Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Three Rivers Community Hospital. He was born on January 27, 1939, in Grants Pass, Ore., at Josephine Memorial Hospital, to Wallace and LaVita Robertson.
Ronald grew up in Grants Pass, attended Grants Pass High School and graduated in 1957. He played multiple sports, excelling in track while running the hurdles.
On June 17, 1969, he married Carla Eldred, in Reno, Nev. Ron worked for his brother, Ken, at Ken Robertson Logging Company, which eventually became Robco, Inc. in 1962. Robco built miles of the forest roads all over Southern Oregon for many timber companies as well as the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. As the timber industry slowed, Robco had to adapt by buying a rock quarry and moving into more private excavation, grading, and eventually underground and paving as is continued today. In 1998, Ron and Carla purchased Robco from his brother, Ken and his wife, Joyce, and continue to operate it today with their sons, Byron and Eric.
Ron loved to hunt, ride snowmobiles, watch NASCAR, and in his youth, water ski and snow ski. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandchildren. Ron was a past member of the Elks Lodge, Rogue Snowmobilers, Grants Pass Golf Club, and an active member of the North Valley Booster Club. He helped coach multiple youth sports as his sons grew up, including soccer and junior basketball, and was instrumental in establishing the North Valley Junior Basketball program. He volunteered and donated to many youth organizations and always would help out an organization that was all about kids. One of the projects he was most passionate about was the development of the North Valley Stadium. He donated many hours of equipment, labor, and materials to help build the field and prepare for building of the grandstands. Ron always said he wished he had enough money to finish the project, so the kids would have a great facility to play football and soccer in front of their fans at the high school.
Ron is survived by his wife, Carla; sister, JeanAnn Lillard, of Orange County, Calif.; son, Byron (Tori), and their children, Shauntel, Jordan, Bryce, and Brady; son, Eric and his son, Preston, all of Grants Pass, Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Kenneth and Bruce Robertson.
Arrangements are being handled by Hull & Hull Funeral Directors, www.since1928hull.com. A celebration of Ron's life will be held on Friday, December 30, 2011, 2:00 p.m., at the Josephine County Fairgrounds Flower Building, Grants Pass, with Jim Smith, longtime friend, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family on behalf of Ron, request donations be made to the North Valley High School Stadium Committee in the name of Ronald Robertson to help fulfill one of his biggest dreams. Donations can be mailed to North Valley High School, 6741 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526.