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Sunday, December 9, 2012

NWA Capt. Gerald 'Jerry' Belford

West Coast/Hughes/NWA Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Belford
October 26, 1933 - December 7, 2012


Gerald D. Belford, age 79 of Phoenix, Arizona, departed to be face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ on December 7, 2012 after living a full life of faith, courage and perseverance. Gerald was born in Clay Center, NE on October 26, 1933. He had a distinguished military career as an Air Force pilot and served his country in the Korean War. After his military service, he had a long, successful career as a commercial airline Captain and flight instructor. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1992. Gerald is survived by his wife Kathleen Marie Belford, children Donovan Belford, Julie Belford-Caruso, Michael Lethem, Jeffrey Belford, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lori Ann Lethem (1982). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. Additional information can be obtained at www.westresthavenfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers please consider a monetary contribution to R.B. Thieme Jr., Bible Ministries, P.O. Box 460829 Houston, TX 77056-8829 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
West Coast/Hughes/NWA Capt. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Belford
October 26, 1933 - December 7, 2012

Word has been received of the passing of retired NWA pilot Captain Gerald Dean Belford, age 79. I believe Captain Belford hired on
10-18-1959 and rode out the many mergers with West Coast, AirWest, Hughes Air West, and Republic Airlines prior to his retirement.

To date I have not seen an obituary in print but the online guestbook is available for signing at

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00pm at the
West Resthaven Funeral Home , 6450 West Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 ... (623-939-8394)
Captain Belford had most recently resided at
7315 N 12th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85021-8023 ... (602) 861-1521
Thank you,
~ Carol

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