Walter August Zinsmeister, Sr.

December 27, 1930June 10, 2020

Walter August Zinsmeister, Sr., 89, of Waynesboro, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Heritage Hall in Lexington.

He was born on December 27, 1930 in New Jersey and was the son of the late August Phillip and Mabel Wernham Zinsmeister. Walter attended schools in New Jersey and was a produce farmer. He was a member of New Covenant Community Church; he enjoyed gardening, fishing and bowling.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Katje Zinsmeister of Waynesboro; a daughter, Rae Ann Zinsmeister of Gloucester, VA; two sons, Walter August Zinsmeister, Jr. of Mathews, VA and Gary Alan Zinsmeister of Staunton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gloria Nelson of Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Loftus.

He will be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11 am, Saturday, June 20, 2020 at New Covenant Community Church, Weyers Cave, with Pastor Jim Logan officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Covenant Community Church, 78 Somerset Dr., Weyers Cave, VA 24486.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave is handling arrangements. You are encouraged to visit the website to leave condolences for the family.


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Walter August Zinsmeister, Sr.

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Lori Nelson

June 10, 2021

We miss you Uncle Walter. Your sister Gloria & I miss your laugh & talking to you. You RIP and will see you again. You were a gentle giant. Until the whole family and friends see you again, We love you. I pray also for your wife Betty & family.

Lori (Niece) & Gloria (Sister)

Kevin Hekman

September 15, 2020

I only knew Walt (and Betty) for a few years in the 80’s. I was just a kid working on his summer maintenance crew at ECHS, a job I would keep each summer home from school until I was married. We called him “Uncle Waltie” because he was always looking out for us and giving us good life advice.
I remember Walt as being serious about doing the best work possible, for doing the “dirty jobs” himself, and for instilling a work ethic in me I still try to model today. Walt was always ready to tell his life story to anyone who would listen, so they wouldn’t make the same mistakes he felt he had made. I always saw him say “sir” and “ma’am” to anyone in authority, even if they objected, and he treated those schools like a reflection of himself. He was a class act and I’ve never forgotten those few years, and the dignity that comes from doing whatever God has set before you, the best you can. I just got word of his passing today. RIP, Walt, and condolences to Betty and family.

Jacque Setmayer

June 20, 2020

I have known Mr Zinsmeister since I was 7 years old. Im 69 now. My family lived next door to his fathers and his farm in Paramus, NJ. I grew up with his 3 children playing on that farm. Walt was like a 2nd Dad to me. Very caring and considerate man., helping and looking out for others. Never chased us kids out of his yard or off the farm! He Always had a big smile! Thru the years we lost touch but was Blessed to see both Walt & his wife Betty 2.5 years ago. I am very thankful to God that Walt had a long life of almost 90 years. Thank you Jesus! Prayers for his wonderful wife Betty, his daughter Rae Ann, his two sons Walter & Gary. All will be together again in the presence of Jesus Our Lord & Savior!

Jeanie Lakin

June 13, 2020

What a wonderful neighbor Walt was and he will be missed! I so enjoyed listening to his stories of when he lived on the farm! He was a wonderful man, friend and neighbor and will be missed so much. But we can all rest assured he is no longer suffering, his body is now whole and he is walking the streets of gold and rejoicing with the angels and singing praises with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! What A Day That Will Be when we all get to meet again! RIP Walt! Miss you!

Mary Quire

June 12, 2020

I knew Walt as a member of my mother's church and friends that we would have dinner and visit with. It's been a few years since I have seen him, but I have very fond memories of a kind man with such interesting stories of his childhood and young adulthood as a farmer in New Jersey. I know he will be missed by many. I rejoice with him that he is now in the presence of our Loving Father!

Cheryl McWilliams

June 12, 2020

Dear Gary, Cynthia and girls,
Thank you for sharing the sweet photo of Mr Zinsmeister. At the saddest times, it actually made my heart smile in a bittersweet way. His smile is contagious and his love for his lil dog is clear. What precious buddies there together. May God bless you with His unsurpassed peace and remind you that your father is now home. May He take this deep ache from your hearts, as He provides His presence and hope in its place. Praying for you all. With much love in Christ, Cheryl and Jeff McWilliams PBC

Karen Becraft

June 11, 2020

I remember Walt very well! Our families grew up together ! Walt was in my parents wedding !Joe and Jeanette Drexl ! We enjoyed many years of fun times at Terrace
Lake many Christmas parties at Church ! New Years Day Dinners And much more ! ❤️
I remember Walt to be a very sweet fun man ! Always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him ! Many good laughs and fun times threw the years ! A lot of great memories were shared with our two families ! He will be missed ! My prayers go out to the family !

Gloria Nelson

June 10, 2020

I remember when we lived on the farm when we were kids. I was the middle child. We shared many happy days on the farm with our parents and family. Everyone liked him. He was a lot of fun. It's hard for me to believe he's gone but is with the Lord now. He will live in our memory and know we will someday all be reunited. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace, Brother. May God Bless his family.

Love, Gloria 💓

Lori Nelson

June 10, 2020

I remember going with my Mom(his Sister) on a day cruise and it was so much fun. When we went to Busch Gardens it was fun. He had an easy going and giving personality and He will be missed. He was a lot like my grandmother because he put everyone ahead of himself was my experience. I wish we lived closer but RIP. Memories will live on and I pray for his family's loss but know he's in heaven. Until we meet again Uncle Walter. I love you.💗