Karl H. Zinser, 80, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at his home.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Karl Henry Zinser was born on Oct. 18, 1937, in Milwaukee, to Henry and Meta (nee Staerker) Zinser. At the age of 14 his family moved to Watertown where he attended and graduated from Watertown High School. Karl took over and ran the family farm in 1955 while also working as an auto mechanic. Karl worked at King & Hintz Garage on South Third Street and then ended his 30-year career at Holz Motors. He enjoyed reading books of history, literature and political science. He was an open-minded man and well informed about the world. Karl enjoyed staying up to date on the financial market. He will be missed by his younger brother Herb.

Karl is survived by his brother, Herbert Zinser of Watertown, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his uncle and aunt, Max (Bertha) Staerker.

His liberal and philosophical point of view originated from his family history. His father was born in Germany in 1897 and later immigrated to the United States in 1920. Karl's grandfather was an ombudsman in a small village in Germany. Upon leaving Germany, Karl was raised in a catholic family and later became a philosopher.

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