Air Force Technical Sergeant Rodger O Kelley, born July of 1947, in Reform, Alabama, beloved son of the late Clyde and Christine Kelly; beloved husband of Cathy Sylvia Kelley.
After graduating from Palmetto High School in 1965, Rodger joined the United States Air Force. A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, he earned the rank of Technical Sergeant. With 20 years of service under his belt, Rodger retired from the Air Force and poured himself into his civilian job and his family. He was formerly employed as a quality control inspector for Mercedes.
Rodger O. Kelley was a man of great strength. Life had handed him many challenges over the years, and he conquered them one by one.
However, Rodger was a tortured soul. Although haunted by nightmares from his 366-day tour of duty in Vietnam, Rodger refused to give up. Even after his first wife committed suicide in 1974, and his oldest son died in a terrible car accident in March 1987, Rodger denied his demons’ demands to quit.
His friends knew him not only as a loving husband and father, but also as a proud Air Force veteran who loved his country.
TSgt Rodger O Kelley lost his battle with PTS, April 9, 2014. He was 66 years old.