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Carlos Guillermo Gallusser

1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Carlos Guillermo Gallusser Obituary
Carlos Guillermo Gallusser, better known as "Poppy' to all those who love him, was a "man's man." He was a true patriot and gentleman. Born on May 16, 1923, in Guatemala, he was raised on a plantation in the distant jungles of that country, where he rode a horse and carried a revolver at his side. Growing up with his father, "Don Nene," and his mother, "Dona Elena," they showed him the ways of daily living far from civilization with colorful Quetzal birds, monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and even a large python living in the rafters over his bed. "Poppy" never forgot from whence he came and delighted in sharing the exciting stories of his adventures with friends and family, especially the younger children and grandchildren who were enraptured by his exploits. At a party in Guatemala City, he met his wife to be, Doris June Wells, a young blond-haired Southern belle from Alabama. They claimed it was love at first sight, married and moved to the United States. Although his English skills needed fine-tuning at the time, he rose to become an executive at Brown & Bigelow International Printing in Minnesota. His job with the company took him and the family to Central and South America as well as Cuba and Mexico. He traveled extensively in the U.S. and returned many times to South America and Cuba during the Castro regime, but rarely spoke of his exploits during that time; it was not all printing company business as he later confessed. Once retired, he told his furious wife about his secret life as a CIA agent! For all those years, his CIA activity was unbeknownst to his family, friends, and most importantly Doris. Poppy calmly explained that he had a commitment as a Nationalized American Citizen to his flag and country. He loved America, both North and South. In later life, Carlos was known throughout Baton Rouge for carrying pens with his name printed on them. Anybody he spoke to or casually met would be the recipient of one of his pens. We all remember the surprised look and smile on their faces as he gave them a "Poppy Pen." His favorite saying imprinted on each pen was: "YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, TOMORROW A MYSTERY, TODAY IS A GIFT." Generous to a fault, funny, gregarious, loyal, and loving, he will be missed by his family and his many friends throughout the world. The Haven at Windemere, which meant so much to him in his latter years, is losing a very special man. He died at The Haven at Windemere on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 9:23 pm. Carlos was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Doris, and by son, Marshall Richardson Gallusser. He is survived by his children, Carla Ann Jumonville and husband Dan, Elena Ines Rome and husband Maurice, Maria Konert, and son Carlos Kirkland and wife Debra; grandchildren, M'Elaine Booth, Ryan Jumonville, Jocelyn Rome, Justin Rome, Carlos T. Gallusser, Carla Gallusser, Chad Gallusser, Nicole Stulak, Carmen Konert, Joseph Konert, Nick Konert, Megan Gallusser, and Jennifer Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Kendall Booth, Ben Booth, Claire Booth, Christian Gallusser, Aubrey Scanlan, Silas Armstrong, Jude Stulak, Beckam Stulak, and Knox Konert. Special thanks to the nurses with Clarity Hospice and sitters Barbara, Gwen, Janice, and Rose. Visiting hours will be observed at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70816, on Monday, June 2, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. until service time. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m., conducted by Reverend Jerry Martin. Interment will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11817 Jefferson Highway. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 10532 S. Glennstone Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Family and friends may sign the online memorial, leave a personal note to the family, or order flowers at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 30 to June 2, 2014
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