James "Gunner" Overall

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James "Gunner" Gunner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, April 12, 1943, and died battling cancer April 30, 2008. In 1968, Gunner began working for the Parker Diving Service after completing a one-year diving course at the Underwater Technology Institute. He worked for Parker Diving nearly 20 years. Some of the large projects he worked as a diver on would include the underwater construction of the San Onofre Nuclear Plant, salvage operations on the 38, 562-ton tanker SS sansinena, and the installation of the Los Angeles Terminal Island Marine Outfall. Upon retiring from diving, Gunner continued his love of the sea by sailing - and in the Gulf of Mexico, undersea exploration work. He once sailed his 32-ft. boat solo to the sea of Cortez. He was considered a master mariner by all who worked on the sea with him. He also enjoyed writing, and was quite a philosopher and poet. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, and those who once worked with him. Gunner is survived by his twin sister Marie Ammer of Wakefield, MA. Ashes will be scattered at Sea June 3, 2008.

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  1. Thank you to all G’s true and loyal friends. We cherished your being there.We miss this Adventurer a lot. Marty and Marie

  2. I only recently found out about Gunner dropping his body (as he called it). We went together for almost ten years and had many adventures together, motor cycle riding on his Suzuki, sailing on Por Gusto (where he was a harsh taskmasker, living together in Bellflower for a while till he decided he couldn’t deal with living in a house – it had to be on Por Gusto. So we spent our weekends there. I used to call him the original Marlboro man. He was, without a doubt the most unusual person I ever knew, a very funny and highly intelligent human and he left an enormous impact on my life. We shared many friends and I used to say he was a “know it all that did”. He sent me back to my home town in Nebraska after a 22 year absence a life long dream – he said it was a gift or putting up with him.He once told me I was the only woman willing to go the distance with him. I had not seen him for 20 years – the last time was when my daughter Teri was married and wanted Gunner to do the father/daughter dance with her. If anyone knows where some of his personal belongings are – especially a portrait of him in his diving suit, please let me know. I loved him very much and still do. I feel his presence around me so much and sometimes we carry on conversations mostly arguing which we were very good at. Gunner, wherever you are, wait for me…………..

  3. Marjorie McKinnon (formerly Margie Baldwin) writer's website: http://thelamplighters.org/marjoriewrites/ says:

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