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NEAL ELLIS JAMESON Obituary
Jameson, Neal Ellis

June 2, 1922-April 24, 2013

Neal Ellis Jameson, age 90, of Orange, died Wednesday at Quaker Gardens in Stanton, Calif., from complications of lung disease. He leaves his wife of 62 years, two children, and two grandchildren.

A fourth generation Californian, Mr. Jameson was born on June 2, 1922, to Nelly Stockton Jameson and Roy George Jameson. He was the fifth of nine children. Mr. Jameson grew up in Los Angeles, where he graduated from Polytechnic High School. He joined the marines out of high school, and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. He met his wife, Agnes (Nancy) Smith McCormack, on the island of Okinawa, Japan, where she was serving as an army nurse. The couple married in Scranton, Penn., in 1948, and made their home in Hollywood.

Mr. Jameson was called for a second tour of duty, and served in the Korean War as a helicopter evacuation pilot. He rescued soldiers who were shot down in enemy territory, and carried a sense of gratefulness afterward . "Men are alive because of me." He earned a distinguished flying medal and was honorably discharged as a major.

Afterward, in 1954, he started working as a machinist for FMC, then called Chicksan, in Brea. He was quickly promoted and eventually worked as a senior design engineer. In the early 1960s, his company transferred him to Sens, France, where he moved his wife and young family and lived for three years.

He returned to the United States, settling in Orange, in 1964 where he and his wife lived until they moved into assisted living in Stanton last May.

As a mechanical engineer, he designed ship-to-shore equipment that delivered fuel and other fluids to ships at sea. His designs resulted in more than two dozen patents during his 32 years at the company.

A quiet, gentle man, known for saying few words that were always worth hearing, Mr. Jameson enjoyed camping and fishing. He is remembered not only for his service to his country, and his contributions to the field of engineering, but also for his service to his community, his church, and his family.

Mr. Jameson is survived by his wife, Nancy; his two children Craig Allen Jameson, and Nancy Marnell (Marni) Jameson; two grandchildren, Paige Elizabeth Roth and Marissa Campbell Roth; daughter-in- law, Chiqeeta Verban Jameson; son-in-law, Daniel John Roth and loving friends.

Services were held Monday at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, in Santa Ana, where he was buried. Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

Published in Orange County Register on May 2, 2013
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