Karl R. Waller, 212th 71-72 Vet Tech

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Karl Robert Waller


Karl Robert Waller, longtime resident of Kremmling, died on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Hospice of St. John in Lakewood. Karl struggled with cancer and all of its ramifications for 7 years.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 28, 1946, to Clarence and Patricia Waller. He grew up on Lannon Fields Farm outside of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Karl graduated from high school in Menomonee Falls and later earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife from University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the US Army for 3 years.

He came to Colorado in 1978 with his first wife, Amy, and later worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 18 years in the Kremmling Field Office as a range technician and ecologist. If anyone had a question about the identification of a plant, Karl was the person to go to. The BLM will miss his knowledge of the area, his plant skills and his dedication to his field work.

He loved fishing, boating, hunting, camping and hanging out at the coffee shop. Karl had a beautiful flower garden in his back yard and attracted song birds, humming birds and butterflies to his flowers. His home-brewed beer won the approval of several judges over the years, as well as his local friends.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Koblitz; his former wife Amy Anderson; his sister Kristen Waller and his two brothers, John (Kathy) and Pedar Waller.

His smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. Friends of Karl and Bonnie are invited to a potluck luncheon at 1015 Central Avenue, at noon on Saturday, March 19, 2011, to honor Karl and enjoy sharing stories about his life here in Kremmling.