June 17, 1980 -
May 26, 2007
U.S. Recon Marine Sgt. Nicholas R. Walsh, 26, died in Fallujah, Iraq, on Saturday, May 26, 2007, as a result of sniper fire. He was a team leader with Charlie Company, First Platoon, First Marine Division, First Reconnaissance Battalion.
A vigil service was held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Mass of the Resurrection began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Saint Joseph Church with full military honors fulfilled by his brother Marines. He was cremated following the services.
Nick Walsh was born June 17, 1980, in McDonough, Ga., to Gerald Walsh and Donna Richie Walsh. He moved often as a result of his dad’s career with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He lived in Del Rio, Texas; Deming, N.M.; Cardston, Alberta, Canada; Aniston, Ala.; and Birmingham, Ala., where he graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School. In high school, he played football and was on the track team. Nick’s favorite place on the planet was in Montana, near and in Glacier National Park.
Nick enjoyed working on cars with his dad, downhill skiing and snowboarding. But mostly, he enjoyed his sons and adored his wife, Julie. He loved his country and was proud to service as a Marine.
He is survived by his wife, Julie; two sons, Triston and Tanner; his parents, Jerry and Maggie Walsh of Fort Collins and his parents, Donna and Victor Correa of Italy, Texas; his brothers and sisters, Heather (Ken) Walsh-Haney of Estero, Fla., Sean (Sheri) Walsh of Springdale, Ark., Ian, Flynn and Fiona Walsh of Fort Collins and Dave (Denise) Hinton; his grandparents, Col. Walter R. Walsh, USMC, Ret. of Arlington, Va., Marie Ritchie of Italy, Texas, and Taylor and Rosanne Hall of Fort Collins; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.
His grandparents, Kathleen Barber Walsh and John Ritchie preceded Nick in death.
An education fund for Nick’s sons has been established at First National Bank. Donations may be sent to: Sgt. Nicholas Walsh’s Children’s Education Fund, c/o First National Bank, 205 at Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
Visit online at www.goesfuneralcare.com to sign the guestbook and write remembrances of Nick.