Walt Fiegel was born December 16, 1933, to George and Louise Fiegel in Britton. He attended and graduated from Britton High School and received his bachelors degree from Northern State University, Aberdeen. He received a masters degree from the University of South Dakota. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.
He married Margaret Armstrong in 1969 in Tustin, CA.
He started his teaching and coaching career in Peever and Tripp, SD. In 1963, he began teaching and coaching in Sioux City, IA, at Sioux City School District. He was most proud of the the 1984 football season when Sioux City East became Iowa State Champions. He was a member of the Shriners, the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association, and national coaching organizations. To understand the depth and breadth of the people that Walt influenced was to see the magnitude of the nearly 2000 people who came to either the prayer service or the memorial service. One floral arrangement, “Thanks for keeping my butt out of trouble,” expressed the sentiment of many of the football players who Walt had the privilege of coaching. In Walt’s eyes it didn’t matter if you were a super star athlete or a person of no athletic talent. You were still the most important person on the football team. Walt’s death came unexpectedly on November 12, 2003, at his home from a heart attack. Walt was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, and coach. He will be greatly missed.