Robert Leroy Kelly was born 28 February 1924 to William T Kelly, a pool hall proprietor residing in Afton, Oklahoma and his wife Emma Gertrude Baugher.
Both his parents and all four grandparents (John Duke Kelly and Muta Angeline Davis & Phineas Baugher and Jessian Harman, as well as Jessian's parents, Adam Harmon and Nancy Swango, all pioneered Indian Territory's Cherokee Nation area. Each one decends from at least one Revolutionary patriot.
Robert met my grandmother at a singing recital in Fairland, Oklahoma about 1942. They married and had a son, Ronnie Leroy Kelly (who later served in the US Army as a sergeant in Korea).
Robert quit Aviation school to enlist in the Army before their second year of marriage. He was assigned to the 822 Bomber Squadron in the Philipines' Luzon Islands.
On 28 February 1942 he died while on a routine flight. Earlier that morning he recieved a letter from my grandmother informing him of the birth of my mother, Nancy Lynn Kelly.