"Ronnie" Kelley was a "happy-go-luckey" kind of guy his sister remembered. He was always ready to make you laugh, always ready with a joke. He studied Auto Mechanics at Mastbaum before graduating in 1966.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps that June, worked as a roofer's helper during the summer and began basic training in September. The 19 year old private first class was sent to Vietnam where he died on February 11, 1968. in Quang Tri Province during Operation Scotland. He had been in Vietnam for 10 months. The men of his company wrote to his parents. "We are all deeply hurt. Ron was real close to all of us..... His death was like losing a brother". Kelley was survived by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.