A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1959, participating in football, baseball and track in the maximum of twelve sporting seasons, earning nine letters and eight All-Conference honors.
Though he grew up on the family farm, he was unlike many farm children and permitted to participate in the maximum of sporting opportunities offered at THS. He prided himself in managing his time well so that none of his farming responsibilities would have to be taken care of by someone else. Even as busy as his family was, Walt noted that his parents never missed a home sporting event and supported his participation.
Walt played four years of varsity football earning three letters and three All-Conference honors. As a freshman he earned his football emblem which was the maximum that a freshman could earn at the time. During his sophomore year, he received his varsity bar and the first of three letters in football. He was All-Conference as a defensive end his junior year and was All-Conference as an offensive and defensive end as a senior.
Walt played freshman basketball, B squad as a sophomore, and was on the varsity squad both his junior and senior seasons. He earned his numerals as a freshman and three varsity letters during his basketball career.
Since track did not become an official high school sport until the spring of 1957 Walt played baseball his freshman year.
During his sophomore year, Walt went out for the track team where he competed at a very high level. He earned three letters and five All-Conference honors as a Hatchet. Walt was 2nd Team All-Conference in the 440 and Honorable Mention in the Relay Team as a sophomore. In his junior year, he was Honorable Mention All-Conference in the 440. As a senior, he was All-Conference 2nd Team in the Medley Relay and Honorable Mention in the 440.
One could say that Walt Tuttle was a ferocious competitor who took advantage of the opportunities given to him.
After high school, Walt and his family moved to a Chicago suburb. He attended DeVry University to study electronics. It was at a roller skating rink in Chicago that he met Joyce, who soon became his wife. This year they celebrated their 53rd anniversary, and enjoy their children Bruce, Terese and Tina. In 1970, they moved back to Wisconsin so the children could enjoy the Northwoods like Walt did. In 2002, Walt retired from Liberty Mutual (Wausau Insurance) ending his career in telecommunications. Walt and Joyce relocated from Mosinee to Crandon and built their retirement home to be close to their son and daughter.