Gus Voltz

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Gus Aloysius Voltz, Jr.

(Assistant District Attorney for Rapides Parish, Louisiana)

Political party Democratic Party

Born November 13, 1921
Alexandria, Louisiana
Died August 27, 2008 (aged 86)
Spouse Kathleen Hooe Voltz

Gus "Dutch" Voltz, III
John Hooe Voltz
Lane Voltz Barry
Anne Voltz Fossier

Religion Roman Catholic

Gus Aloysius Voltz, Jr. (November 13, 1921 – August 27, 2008),[1] was a prominent attorney in his native Alexandria, Louisiana. A law partner of Edwin Oswald Ware, III (1926-2016), Voltz was the assistant district attorney under DA Ware from 1967 to 1984. Ware and Voltz were Democrats often involved in high-profile cases in Alexandria.[2] He was also the attorney for several years for the Rapides Parish School Board.[3]

Voltz was the son of Alexandria City Judge Gus A. Voltz, Sr. (1888-1955), and the former Ulma Chambers (1891-1990). In June 1944, Judge Voltz shot and killed the Alexandria lawyer Lee Novo on grounds of self-defense because the judge felt threatened for his life in the presence of Novo in downtown Alexandria. Novo, who had been disbarred for six months in 1943 for unethical conduct, had a reputation as a "dangerous menace" and "abnormal character". Novo approached Voltz asking for payment due to him, but Voltz said that he had no knowledge of any debt that he owed to Novo.[4] Voltz immediately surrendered to the Rapides Parish sheriff, turned in his weapon, and was released on a $3,000 bond. The judge successfully defended himself in the shooting in an inquiry that lasted only five minutes.[5]

Voltz, Jr., had two brothers, neither of whom married: David E. Voltz (1918-1983), a glider pilot in World War II,[6][7] and Wallace Nolan Voltz (1926-2014), the former owner of a grocery store in Alexandria who died the day before his 88th birthday.[8] Voltz and his wife, the former Kathleen Hooe (born April 13, 1930),[9] had two sons, Gus "Dutch" Voltz, III (born December 4, 1952), an attorney-turned-Roman Catholic priest who had graduated in 1970 from the Catholic-affiliated Holy Central Menard High School in Alexandria, and John Hooe Voltz (born October 27, 1956), both of Alexandria, and two daughters from Baton Rouge, Lane Barry, and Anne Fossier. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.[1]

Voltz and Ware were classmates at the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. They opened their practice, Voltz and Ware, at 515 Johnston St. in downtown Alexandria, which they maintained until 1994. Voltz, who was known for his taciturn nature, was the first assistant DA for the entire eighteen years that Ware was district attorney for Rapides Parish.

Voltz and his older son, "Dutch", the priest, worked in the hobby of model airplanes from 1960 until 1975, when they began flying full-scale planes. The two restored a Piper PA-16 Clipper in the late 1960s. Dutch Voltz continues to be a pilot. He sold a plane to pay for his seminary training, which he did not begin until later in life.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gus Voltz, Jr.. Wikitree. com. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  2. Richard P. Sharkey (July 11, 2016). "Former Rapides Parish DA Ed Ware, III, dies at 88". The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  3. "Judge: Number of Black Principals Has Little to Do with (Isaac) Hammond Suit". The Alexandria Town Talk (January 13, 1984). Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  4. The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, June 28, 1944, p. 12.
  5. The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, July 15, 1944, p. 3.
  6. David E. Voltz. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  7. Gus A. Voltz. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  8. Wallace Nolan Voltz. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  9. Kathleen Voltz. Retrieved on July 3, 2018.
  10. Welcome to our newest member, Father Dutch Voltz. (December 2017). Retrieved on July 3, 2018.