Gustave “Gus” Charles Walti was the youngest of three sons born on March 14, 1938 in Watertown, New York to Welcome and Jennie Walti.
Gus was raised on a dairy farm in Lafargeville, New York. After graduation from Lafargeville High School he became a proud officer for the Watertown Police Department in Watertown, NY. He loved being an officer. He was a true hero and received the Medal of Valor for saving a trapped wheelchair bound women from a deadly fire. Gus was the first in his department to receive this Fire Service Award. During his first marriage to Carol Greco, Gus became the owner of Jasper’s Restaurant and had three children, Charles, Kim and Brian.
In 1974 Gus moved to South Dakota and married Candice Farrell on September 14, 1974. Gus continued his passion for the restaurant business and purchased the infamous Paragon Restaurant near Kimball, South Dakota. They had two children James and Erin and made their home in White Lake. After more than 40 years in the restaurant business Gus took a break from entrepreneurship and worked at the South Dakota State Training School in Plankinton, SD.
In 2001 Gus and Candy purchased the White Lake and Stickney newspapers and later the Wagner Post. Upon his retirement Gus enjoyed sharing his passion for boats, fishing, dogs and cooking with close friends and family at the family home or driving around the countryside. His kind heart, friendly smile and gift for gab contributed to his full and successful life.
Gus is survived by his five children Charles (Martha) Walti, Alexandria Bay, NY; Kim (John) Ehlers, Sioux Falls, SD; Brian Walti, Sioux Falls, SD; James (Kristin) Walti, Pierre, SD; Erin Walti, Concord, NH; two sisters-in-law Joyce (Roger) Walti, Las Vegas, NV and Janice (Larry) Fredericksen, Mitchell, SD; brother-in-law, Robert (Angelita) Farrell, Mitchell, SD; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gus was preceded in death by his wife Candice; brothers John Walti, Roger Walti and Richard Cole; his parents Welcome and Jennie Walti; and father and mother in law Delmond and Lorraine Farrell.