Nathan Edward Walsh
Born : May 28, 1976
In Heaven : October 20, 2014
The Early Years
Born into a loving home, Nate was the son of Gary and Sheila Walsh. Brother to Wendy and Darin. The love shared through the years guided Nate on his path through life and molded him into the man he was. Compassionate, Hard-Working, Dedicated, Stubborn, and Loyal are all adjectives that describe Nate. He was always willing to go out of his way to assist with anything and always willing to engage in playful banter with you about something.
Nate married Katie Salmon on June 10, 2000 in New Richmond, WI. The beautiful ceremony was attended by friends and family. Nathan was so excited and nervous on this day. Katie was the woman of his dreams. The woman he'd been searching for and the day had finally come that he married her. A few days after Nate and Katie's first date, Nate told his brother Darin, "I met the woman I'm going to marry.". Katie was perfect for Nate, she didn't put up with the crap that Nate could dish out from time to time and she knew how to "handle" him.
Daddy's Girl, Natalie was born on March 17, 2002. Nate adored Natalie. He regularly would say that Natalie couldn't date until Kaleb had six girlfriends.
Nate's spitting image, Kaleb, was born on August 11, 2004. There is so much of Nathan in Kaleb. His mannerisms, personality, and devilish charm are identical to his father.
Nate was always working on something throughout his life. Whether he was just tearing something apart to see how it worked or fixing it, his hands were always dirty.
Nate attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI studying auto mechanics. Nate put this knowledge to work at auto-shops in Hudson, River Falls, New Richmond, and Osseo.
While working at the Loft Service Center in Osseo, Nate found his other love in life. Towing. Nate purchased the towing business from Roger at the Loft several years ago, and went into business for himself.
Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth
Not what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, or banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?
Who Was Nathan (Nate) Walsh? � He Was & Still is Our Son
by Sheila Walsh - Nate's Mother
Nathan Walsh is the blessing God gave to us, Gary and Sheila Walsh, on May 28, 1976. We chose to name him "Nathan" because it meant "gift of God" and he truly was. He was a loving and sweet little guy who early on made known his love for taking things apart and/or building things. He spent many hours in our garage taking lessons from his Dad.
I remember the Christmas we gave him an erector set. He hardly looked at his other gifts. He started building as soon as he opened it that morning. He played all day, except for meals, until 10:00 that night.
In his teen years Nathan started "testing the waters" of independence (and also my patience). When I asked him to do something he didn't want to do, he'd sometimes refuse, but given a little time to think it over, he'd come back later and do it. I learned that he sometimes needed extra time to make the right choices.
If Nathan was out too late at night with his best friend, Todd, I'd be concerned and pray for their safety. One night after they had gotten into an uncomfortable situation, he told me the next day, "I knew you were praying, Mom, so I wasn't afraid". That really blessed me.
I have so many special memories of my son during his growing up years, too many to share here, but as I recall, there were very few days when I didn't tell him how much I loved him.
There comes a time when a mother has to let go, sometimes reluctantly, and allow her son to make his own way in the world. He grew up, married his sweetheart Katie on June 10, 2000 and they later gave us two beautiful grandchildren. They bought a lovely home and Nathan started his business as a tow truck operator to provide a good living for his family. We are very proud of his accomplishments and how he looked out for the best interests of his wife and children. He was well on his way toward a long and happy life.
Nathan loved being a tow truck operator and put his life at risk every day that he went out on the highway to help others. Tragically, the risk was too great on October 20, 2014. We received that phone call - the one that is a parent's worst nightmare. Our beloved son had been struck down and killed in the prime of his life. He was gone! A senseless tragedy that should have been avoided! How could that be?
Nathan left behind a beautiful wife and daughter, his beloved son, mother, father, sister, brother, many other family members and friends. To us, Nathan is more than a statistic or number on a list. He is our precious son and fallen hero who laid down his life while serving and protecting others.
Nathan's brother, Darin, created this website to honor Nathan and also to raise awareness of the great dangers facing our nation's tow truck operators every day. Someone told me that a total of 5 tow truck operators were killed across the nation during the week of October 20 th bringing the annual total at that point to 44.
To help ensure that this senseless loss of life does not continue, please SLOW DOWN & MOVE OVER whenever you see the flashing lights of a tow truck.