Gerald Paul Belsheim, 78

Gerald “Jerry” Paul Belsheim, 78, of Thiensville, born Jan. 10, 1932, in Minneapolis, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

The son of George Nathan Belsheim, a music/math teacher, choir director and writer, and Dorothy Hertha Stephan Belsheim, a talented seamstress and homemaker, Jerry grew up in Minneapolis and attended West High School before continuing to the University of Minnesota where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Jerry had a lifelong love of aviation. While still at the university, he learned how to fly small planes, and later worked as a crop duster, a flight instructor and a private pilot in addition to flying recreationally. He moved from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C., to teach at a flying school.

Always technically gifted, Jerry went back to school in his 30s to train for a new career in the growing field of computers and electronics. He worked for Data Pathing, NCR, GE and Allen-Bradley, living in Dayton, Ohio, Mountain View, Calif., and Sanborn, Fla., before settling in Thiensville, where he retired as a technical writer for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee.

After his retirement, Jerry worked closely with the Century Estates Water Co-op #3 in Thiensville as a volunteer to help maintain the well water system in his district for many years.

Jerry never married. He is survived by his sister, Carol Belsheim Malmberg Nielson, of Santa Fe, N.M.; nephews, Eric Malmberg of Aptos, Calif., and Stephen Malmberg of Santa Fe, N.M.; and niece, Elise Malmberg of San Francisco.

A memorial service for Jerry will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church, Thiensville. He will be interred at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Memorial donations to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund in Brookfield are appreciated in lieu of flowers.