Harvey A. Zinszer Jr. November 27, 1931 — January 22, 2017
Harvey A. Zinszer, Jr. a sentimental, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully of sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif. ,where he had lived for the past 16 years.
He left behind his loving dedicated wife, Priscilla, his four children from his former marriage to Beverly Emory, Cynthia, Pamela, Ronald and Deborah, and two grandchildren and six adopted grandchildren, and his sister, Betty Mordy, as well as nephews and nieces.
Harvey fondly referred to as “Junie” also his friends nicknamed him “zip” was born on November 27, 1931 to his parents Harvey Sr. and Laura; he grew up in Hays, Kansas. He graduated college at Ft. Hays State University (FHSU) where his father headed the physics department and built a large telescope on top of the science hall, where he also started “the Harvey A. Zinszer, Sr. physics scholarship prize fund.”
Harvey majored in mathematics and physics. During his senior year he was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics), of Homgeneous equations in the production of homogenized milk, and Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), all are national honor societies. His major interests in the field of Physics Battery, 135 aaa of the 35th inf. Div., Kansas National Guard reserved, where he served six years and holds the rank of sergeant. Later he got transfer to the Manhattan unit as an enlistman. He earned a bachelor degree in arts and science in Hays, Kansas (FHSU).
He has a gregarious soul, and he was happiest when surrounded by the people he loved, we can picture him now, up in heaven, sharing a single malt scotch. he loved life and the people who he spent his life with. He welcomed meeting new people, with his every present enthusiasm, optimism, and dynamic positive attitude.
He began his career in computer science at UCLA, later moved on to work for lockheed engineering department. Thereafter he joined his son, Ronald in architectural design in construction.
During World War II, when the german soldiers were quartered in numerous quonset huts at Lewis Field near the college football stadium in Hays, Junie was very industrious; he earned some money with a shoe-polishing kit by polishing the soldiers’s boots and shoes.
When the strand theater replaced new curtains, Junie took home the used curtains. His mother as a tailor trained in Allentown, Pa upholstered all of the living room furniture in blue velvet.
At Lincoln Grade School, Junie was asked to sing a solo at an assembly; he sang “Asleep in the Deep.” he has a vibrant, energetic, creative spirit, problem solver and a passionate soul. He always has a positive outlook in life, he loves jazz, classical music, concert and play, and he loved nature and cruises traveling with his wife. He enjoyed feeding his KOI in his backyard along with Camille (shi zhu doggy) every morning and watching them swimming up and down the pond fighting for their food. He has a great sense of humor, never have a dull moment around him, he will be sorely missed and cherished in our hearts forever. We mourn the loss of a man who was impossible to pigeonhole!!!
One of his favorite songs:
It’s a long way to tipperary, it’s a long way to go, it’s a long way to tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know, goodbye picadilly, farewell leister square! It’s a long, long way to tipperary, but my heart’s right there.
With his request, it will be cremation, no service, no flowers, in lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution suggested to the family.