Albert M. Deshur of Whitefish Bay died March 16, 2009, at age 94, from the effects of a severe stroke.
He was born in Milwaukee and graduated from Washington High School. By 1948, he had started a real estate development business with his brother-in-law, Norman Nadler. Their firm became known as Welbilt Homes, now the Deshur Homes Co., and is still a family business. The company purchased farms and turned them into residential and commercial developments, primarily on Milwaukee's northwest side. Other projects included neighborhood shopping centers.
In 1960, he and Nadler founded Hampton State Bank, which provided financing to minority groups, including Jewish immigrants, who otherwise were not able to obtain loans. He was considered a handshake guy, and his word was his bond.
He was widely known for his philanthropy, including the endowment of the Jewish Community Center's day camp, which is now the Albert and Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp.
He is survived by his children, Bobbi (Robert Goldberg) Dinkin, James (Penny) Deshur, Hedy (Alan) Daniel and William (Debra) Deshur; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Marci) Dinkin, Debra (Gene) Feldman, Steven (Tara) Dinkin, Rick Goldberg, Sandra (Brian) Cayle, Mark (Brandy) Deshur, Brian Deshur, Roger Daniel, Eric Daniel, Julie Daniel and Ali Deshur; 14 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ann G.; and sisters, Helen Bernhardt and Marge Rothstein.
Memorials are suggested to the Albert and Ann Deshur Rainbow Day Camp at the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee or Congregation Shalom.
Blane Goodman Funeral Services handled the arrangements.
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