Robert Gift was born in Iowa, while he wife, Ora Kennedy, was born in Minnewaukan, North Dakota.
The Gift family moved to Ypsilanti in June of 1925, coming from Puposky, Minnesota. Ora Gift worked for a few years from Bill Hyslop as clerk in his grocery store. Robert worked for R.B. Kotts for several years as a carpenter before he moved to Jamestown.
In 1935, they moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he retired. Robert and Ora Gift had five children: Avis, Leone, Twila, Neil, and Robert.