Robert Hans "Zip" Zinszer, 81, Tyler, Texas, died Friday, June 5, 2020 surrounded by beloved family members.


He was born Oct. 13, 1938 in San Pedro, Calif., the son of Richard "Dick" H. and Mildred "Mitzy" R. (Hall) Zinszer.


Robert attended high school in Rome, Italy while his parents lived in Saudi Arabia. In his youth and early adulthood, he spent time in Hays, and was fond of living and working on his Hall grandparents’ Sweetwater Ranch. Later he joined the military, enlisting in the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed in Fort Campbell, Ken. After leaving his service in the U.S. Army, he later graduated from Fort Hays State University.


He married Margo Matlock on April 16, 1960 in Parkers Settlement, Ind., and they celebrated 60 years of marriage.


Prior to moving to Tyler in 2018, Robert and Margo lived in Pocatello, Idaho for 31 years. In 1994 he retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an Assistant State Conservationist, concluding a 30-year career in the Soil Conservation Service. Other locations he served and lived during his career were the Kansas communities of Smith Center, Greensburg, Osborne, Strong City, and Emporia, as well as Carbondale, Illinois.


Robert was an avid gun enthusiast, fisherman, ham-radio operator, and card player with a special fondness for cribbage, poker, and "hand & foot." He especially enjoyed motorcycling and camping and was a frequent visitor to Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding area.


Survivors include his wife; two sons, Randy Zinszer and wife Cheryl of Flower Mound, TX, and Shawn Zinszer and wife Kori of Jacksonville, Fla; a daughter; Kimberly Stapp and husband Gary of Tyler, TX; seven grandchildren, Lacey Stapp, Taylor Stapp and wife Jessie, Riley Zinszer, Carly Zinszer, Brennan Zinszer, Dallon Zinszer, and Kelsey Zinszer; two brothers; Kendal Zinszer and wife Judy of Anderson, Ind., and Kim Zinszer of Hays.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Professor Harvey A. and Laura M. (Laudenslager) Zinszer and Robert E. and Edith (Irwin) Hall; and his sister Toni Kay Zinszer.


Graveside services will be at a later date at Mt. Allen Cemetery in Hays, with military honors by the Hays VFW Honor Guard Post #9076. Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State University, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, Kansas.


Condolences and memories of Robert may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com