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 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


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