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SIOUX CITY — On Nov. 12, Sioux City lost a great friend, Mr. Walt Fiegel who died at his home. Not only was Walt an inspiration to his players — he was a great friend. Win, lose or draw, Walt always had something positive to say to his players. He was truly a coach there for the right reasons — the kids. As a parent of an East High football player, I know first hand what a friend and inspiration he was to my son. I am sure many have “Walt stories” and are digging them out now. Walt was truly a man with a smile on his face and a smile on his heart. In Walt’s football newsletters and after practices and game, he always had a little phrase to send the kids home with.

Here are a few: “Don’t do anything ….” “Go home, give your mom a kiss and a hug and tell her you love her.” And perhaps his most famous “Tough times don’t last — tough people do.”

As his family, players, coaches, parents, teachers and friends will have many tough days ahead it will be a true blessing to have known such a man with the inspiration Walt had. He will be truly missed. — Susan Grau