Obituary: Robert Keliiaa |

Obituary: Robert Keliiaa

Raised in Dresslerville; attended Stewart Indian School

Robert Marvin Keliiaa, 77, died Dec. 6, 2002, at his home in Hayward, Calif.

Mr. Keliiaa was born April 1, 1925, in Oakland, Calif.

He was raised in Dresslerville and attended the Stewart Indian School.

Mr. Keliiaa was a Navy and Air Force veteran during World War II and the Korean War. As a seaman first class in the Navy, he saw action at New Caledonia, Leyte Gulf and Guadalcanal; and as a staff sergeant with the Air Force, Keliiaa was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, Fourth Air Force, 92nd Bomb Wing.

An avid sportsman who loved to play golf, he was a founding member of the Bay Area Native American Athletic Association (NAAA). The association created an Indian athletic league for men and women participating in the federal government’s relocation program.

The NAAA consisted of a basketball and softball league with annual tournaments. An enthusiastic athlete, his teams traveled to many basketball and softball tournaments throughout the nation.

Surviving are wife Helen Keliiaa; daughter Karen Corbett of San Ramon, Calif.; sons Robert Keliiaa of Hayward, Calif. and Roger Keliiaa of Castro Valley, Calif.; grandchildren Billy, Kenny, Mara, Megan, Caitlin, Jacqueline, Eric, Brandon and Jason; and great-grandchild Dylan.

A Victory of Life service was held yesterday in Hayward.

Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 12, in Hayward.