Gustave Waltz

Aug 28, 1927 - Mar 11, 2022

Gustave Waltz was born to the late John and Christine (Weible) Waltz, a farmer and homemaker in Turtle Lake, ND on August 28, 1927. He farmed the prairie until entering the Navy after WWII when he traveled to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Gus began his career in the Bronx Zoo as a veterinary assistant in the animal hospital. In time, he moved to the Ornithology Department where he oversaw exhibits and supervised keepers as well as traveling to other countries to assist in collecting and propagation of threatened exotic birds. He retired as Senior Supervisor of the World of Birds.

Gus was blessed with a large loving family. He married Doris Marqueen Bloom on September 11, 1948, in the Bronx where they lived until 1963. The family moved to Purdys, NY where they raised their four children. Gus was known as an extremely friendly and helpful neighbor being sought for his mechanical and technical abilities. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. In retirement, Gus and Doris moved to Poughkeepsie, NY and traveled the country in their RV visiting family, friends, National Parks, and points of interest.

Gus passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 11, 2022. He is survived by three children: John of Belle Mead, NJ, Kenneth of Westport, NY and Laraine Waltz Lamoree (Robert) of Hendersonville, NC, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 siblings. He is predeceased by Doris his wife of 59 years in 2006 and a daughter Kathleen Waltz Long in 1977.

The family wishes for Donations to be sent the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS.org).