Jerry Maloney, 90, passed away at home on July 10, 2019 while relaxing in his favorite chair, watching TV and napping. The youngest of five children, he was born to Minnie and William Maloney in West Allis, Wisconsin on October 25, 1928. A talented basketball and baseball athlete, he graduated from Marquette University with a B.S degree in Business Administration, emphasis Industrial Relations, in June, 1951.
Jerry served in the U.S. Air Force as an administrative officer, and later as a C-54 transport pilot, from his graduation in 1951 to February, 1957. In addition to stateside flying, he flew the North Atlantic and Europe with MATS 1608th Air Transport Group based at Charleston AFB, SC until June, 1955. He then flew the Middle East and North Africa with the 2nd Air Division based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He was honorably discharged at Keesler AFB, MS in February, 1957.
Jerry began a 33-year career with General Motors’ aerospace electronics business units starting with AC in Milwaukee in 1957, working in all phases of personnel administration. Later he transferred to the engineering organization and moved with his family from Greendale, WI to Delco Systems Operations in Santa Barbara, CA in 1972. He retired as Manager of Engineering Administration in 1990, and he and his wife, Sharon, moved to AZ shortly thereafter.
Although Jerry faced major health challenges in his later years, he still found enjoyment in every-day living, enjoying two laps around the indoor track with his walker, telling jokes, laughing at sit-com reruns, humming as he worked at his desk, and always appreciative of the full, happy life that he had led. During his working years he was actively involved in community and church organizations that were dedicated to supporting and encouraging others and serving those in need. In retirement, he was an avid golfer for many years and a sports fan. For many years, Jerry enjoyed spending summers in Montrose, CO, always making friends wherever he went. He is most remembered for his outgoing and engaging personality, huge smile, love of laughter and jokes, ability to make others feel valued and appreciated, his caring and thoughtfulness, and, especially, his giving heart. He particularly enjoyed making small but regular donations to numerous charities and food banks. He believed love was life’s greatest gift and he loved his family deeply. We will forever have happy memories of his love and laughter that brought so much joy to our lives. He often said that he was the luckiest guy in the world, but we believe we are the lucky ones.
Beloved husband and best friend of Sharon for nearly 40 years, Jerry was the proud father of his wonderful children from his first marriage: Kathy (Mike), Caroline, Jim (Andrew), Steve, Tom (Theresa), Maureen, and David (Pattie); ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother-in-law Jack (Peggy); and nieces and nephews. Preceded by his parents, three brothers, a sister, and parents-in-law.
A memorial service will be held for Jerry at Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel in Sun City West on Saturday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m. In his memory, you may wish to perform a random act of kindness. If so inclined, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or a charity of your choice may be made.
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