Michael J. Walter
January 17, 1970-October 30, 2023
Michael James was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Jacqueline Cocolin, five minutes before his twin sister, Melynda Sue. He lived in Lincoln until the age of 15, then moved to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, where he attended high school at Old Rochester Regional High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, serving two years on the maiden voyage of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Upon honorable discharge he moved back to his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a short time.
In August of 1991, he was blessed with the most precious gift, his daughter Burgandie Coy, who he adored immensely. Michael’s love of fun and adventure was evident in the way he raised his daughter. He imprinted this message of love, kindness and free spiritedness onto his daughter and those he encountered.
Throughout his life he was a friend to all, so willing to give anyone in need the shirt off his back. He was the most kind and fiercest of souls. Always itching for adventure, you’d find him cycling around town or coast to coast, and everywhere in between! He had a vast knowledge of surviving the outdoors, including identifying edible plants, securing shelter, and caring for Mother Earth, as he did his loved ones.
Michael was at peace outdoors, living off the land, often barefoot year-round. He had an affinity for nature, from chasing rainbows, to taking younger cousins on exciting quests, and picking endless flowers for his beloved daughter. When he wasn’t on his bike, his other passions were cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, and of course, making snow angels.
He is survived by his mother, Jackie Cocolin (Ron); daughter, Burgandie Coy (Jeff VanEperen); twin sister, Melynda Pavao (Krystyna); nieces and nephews: Samuel and Margaux Berthiaume, Jack and Emerson Pavao; one grandnephew, Sawyer Berthiaume; several aunts and uncles; as well as his biological father, Ron Cottonwood.
Celebration of Life: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 2:00 p.m. at Morrow Collision Center, 2801 N 83rd St., Lincoln, NE.