Louis Wesley Gunning

August 19, 1923July 12, 2013

Louis Wesley Cervantes Gunning 89, of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away on July 12, 2013. He was born in Long Beach, California on August 19, 1923 to Earl Henderson and Mary Damiana (Cervantes) Gunning.

Louis loved sports. In high school is played football, basketball, and participated in track. He received multiple awards and lettered in most sports. Louis loved college football and anything USC. He enjoyed watching the Lakers play during his retirement. He was an excellent wood worker; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t make. Louis also had a green thumb and was able to grow beautiful gardenias.

Throughout his life, Louis was a hard worker. He worked as a Tool and Die Maker for the auto and aerospace industry and served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He arrived at Normandy two days after D-day as part of Operation Overland.

Louis is survived by his sons, Gary Gunning (Christine) of Chino Hills, California, Gordon Gunning (Jeanette) of Gilbert, Arizona, and Roger Gunning (Tracey) of Mesa Arizona; sister, Evelyn Mitchell of Bakersfield, California, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife and parents.

A visitation for Louis will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 6-8 pm at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, Arizona 85206. Funeral services for Louis will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:30 am at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, California 93306 with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. A visitation will be held immediately prior from 9-10:30am. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care and Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, July 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Lynne Gunning

September 13, 2013

I always called you "Dad" because I did not have a dad in my life and I thank you for being my father-in-law for 16 years. You were always kind, wise and gentle with me. I hope you will be there when it is my turn to go home. Blessings as you go forward...

Donald Yimm & Family

July 19, 2013

Dear Evelyn & Family, so very sorry to hear of your kind brothers passing. From what I have read hear he was a wonderful person and wish I had of known him. Please accept our "Deepest Sympathy" to all in the family.

Rich Dwyer

July 17, 2013

Wes always had a bright smile and kind words to greet you. He was a quiet and gentle soul that will be missed by many who were fortunate enough to know him. Rest in Peace.

Heather Rosta

July 17, 2013

Thank you for always being there. I am going to miss your sweet voice and talking sports with you. Maybe now you can get back to the things you always loved, and build some doll houses for those in heaven who need one. Love always- Heather

Lisa Gunning Scannell

July 17, 2013

Grandpa... When you say" Hi sweetheart" and " i love you too" that is music to my ears! I will hear those words till eternity! Thank you our father in heaven for the blessing that he is and will always be to our family and those lucky enough to have had the privilege to know him. He has the wings of an angel now.... God bless you Grandpa... I know you watch over us now.....
Love you always,
Lisa Gunning Scannell

Sandy Blanchard

July 17, 2013

Your exemplary life has left an indelible mark on your family, a legacy we all wish for. I never met you but from what I've heard from Gordon & Jeanette (my cousin) you were a gentle soul and will be terribly missed. Peace be to you in the arms of God.

July 17, 2013

How lucky was I to have had such a caring, loving father-in-law! My grandchildren always knew that when they came over to Grandpa's house he would have ice cream for them. They would blast through the door give him a hug and hit the fridge. He used to get such a kick out that. I will miss him and always be grateful to him. Rest in Peace Dad.

Dustie Dwyer

July 16, 2013

Your gentle demeanor and friendly smile will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Kenneth Mitchell

July 16, 2013

Uncle Wesley had a kind, easy going personality and was easy to talk to. I loved when he would come to visit and we would talk about the Dodgers and baseball in general because he knew I played baseball. He had a smile and laugh that would light up a room. The love he and my Mom had for each other brought tears to my eyes when they hugged each other the last time we were in Arizona. We all are going to miss him. Uncle Wesley, save a place for us in Heaven.

Doug & Jan Dwyer

July 16, 2013

We will miss your kindness and gentle ways.