He was born May 5, 1923, in Lovington, Ill., to Reuben W. and Fern Mae (Wright) Selby.
The family later moved to Brazil, where he grew up. Robert moved to Kokomo in 1967, and in 1968, he married Phyllis Jean (Erdle) Smith, who survives.
He felt it an honor to serve his country, serving in the CCC camps from 1939-40, at Camp Kurtz during World War II, spending a little more than two years in Germany. He had worked for American Vitrified in Brazil, North Central Oil in Peru, Kolux in Kokomo, and was co-owner of Selby Publishing and Printing, publishing genealogy and history books.
He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum, a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 1152, and the National Rifle Association.
In addition to his wife of 42 years, Phyllis Selby, he is survived by daughter Karen (Paul) Meadows, Tipton, stepson Larry (Rebekah) Smith, Kokomo, whom he looked at as his own son, stepdaughter Ruth (John) Fansler, Greentown, grandchildren Elizabeth Smith, Jason, Joseph, Michael, Benjamin and Katherine Woodruff, Jeremiah, Rachael, Johnathan and Jamie Fansler, Lacey, Marc and Shainna Meadows, eight great-grandchildren, nieces Joann (James), Wylie, Deloris (Larry) Strain and Marilyn Hinkle, all of Brazil, and Donna Ries, Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Winn, and brothers Ray and William Selby.
A committal service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, 2097 W. Alto Rd., Kokomo.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the visiting nurses from VNS for all their care and kindness.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.