Phyllis Turner married Merle Halom around 1943 and had two children, Joan (Shodie) Halom and Robert Merlin Halom. Joan (Shodie) Halom died of meningitis when she was only 19 months old. Merle died in 1945 and after his death, Phyllis married John William Rhead.

Phyllis and John Rhead had three daughters but John always considered Robert Merlin Halom his own son and so Robert used the name Rhead throughout his life.