Charles W. ‘Chuck’ Walters,
July 18, 1940 — Dec. 15, 2015
Charles “Chuck” “Coach” “Bucky” W. Walters went home to heaven with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at the age of 75. He was born July 18, 1940, in Muscatine, Iowa, to the late Joseph and Maxine Walters. A half-sister, Deborah Ann Walters, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his half-sister, Betty Jean Doyle, and half-brother, J.D. Walters.
He graduated from Muscatine Catholic High School in 1958, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He played junior college basketball in Iowa and transferred to the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He graduated from the University of Iowa in January 1965.
He interrupted his college career to serve his country in the Navy for 2 1/2 years on the USS Shenandoah. After receiving his college degree in education, he taught and coached at a number of high schools and most notably he became the head swimming coach at Nicolet High School in Glendale. He served as the boys and girls swimming coach from 1969 through 1979. During his tenure at Nicolet, he built a solid foundation on which decades later the success of Nicolet swimming is still based. He was the quintessential tough “old-school” coach who entrusted his teams to take ownership of both their successes and failures. Coach Walters had an impressive record during his years at Nicolet.
His boys team won Braveland Conference titles in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. Sectional Championship years were 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. In 1977, the team was state of Wisconsin Championship runner-up. He coached eight individual state champions and six All-Americans. His girls teams during this period were Braveland Conference Champions in 1975, won sectionals in 1975 and 1976 and he coached one individual state of Wisconsin champion and one All American. He also dedicated his talents to youth swimmers, serving as the Nicolet Swim Club, Lakeshore Club and the Greater Milwaukee Swim Club head coach for several years in Wisconsin. In May, 2002, Coach Chuck Walters was recognized and honored by the WIAA and elected to the state of Wisconsin Interscholastic WIAA Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame. On Sept. 22, 2012, Coach Walters was honored by Nicolet High School, Glendale, and was elected to Nicolet High School’s Sports Hall of Fame.
He was also the founder of Walters Swim Supply Incorporated in Wisconsin, which provided educational swim camps, swimwear, competitive swimming gear and team and pool supplies nationwide. He retired and sold his company in 1995.
He loved his sports teams and was especially proud of his Green Bay Packers, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers. Inside his tough exterior is a guy who cared deeply for his team members, his many friends and the programs he worked with. He was a bear with a heart of gold that loved God, loved others and gave of himself to his country and friends. He is survived by his many friends, swimmers he coached, students and family. Family and friends will gather from noon to 2 p.m. at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, followed by a service honoring Chuck’s life at 2 p.m. Pastor Dave Berghuis of Cross Way Church is officiating.
Memorials in Chuck’s name may be made to CrossWay Church, W156 N10041 Pilgrim Road, Germantown, WI 53022.
Feerick Funeral Home is assisting the family, 414-9628383.