William “Bill” Waters, who moved to Zachary in 1988, was a founding member of the Regional Veterans Park Association in Zachary, including serving as chairman of the park’s committee from 2016-17.
The Regional Veterans Park is behind Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., in Zachary at the entrance of the fitness trail. The park, which provides residents of the Zachary region a place to remember and thank veterans, was dedicated Oct. 25, 2016.
For association membership and sponsorship information or to purchase a brick for the Wall of Veterans, email email@example.com, visit regionalveteranspark.org or call Will Steen at (225) 938-1686.
Visitors are welcome year round, but the annual Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at the Regional Veterans Park is at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11.
The association is remembering Waters this year.
Waters was born Aug. 2, 1932, in Starkville, Mississippi.
His military career began in the Army ROTC program at Mississippi State. After graduation in 1954, began a 32-year military career, including several years in Germany in the 1950s. After his fulltime service, he was in the Army Reserve until 1959 when he moved to Louisiana and joined the Louisiana National Guard. He served in the Louisiana National Guard until his retirement in 1987, retiring as a colonel.
When he moved to Baton Rouge in 1959, Waters started his 35-year career at LSU’s Extension Service. He received his masters and doctorate in animal nutrition. At the time of his retirement in 1994, he was the associate vice chancellor for the Extension Service.
After retirement, Waters moved to Zachary, where he was active at Zachary United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer from 2003-13.
But he was most active in Veteran Affairs, including the American Legion, Special Forces Association, Military Order of the World Wars, Baton Rouge Military Officers Association and Cadets of the Ole War Skule, as well as the Zachary Regional Veterans Park Association, until his death May 23, 2018.