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Herbert G. Zinsmeyer

Obituary for Herbert G. Zinsmeyer

November 2, 1929 - March 28, 2018
Cedar Park, Texas | Age 88


Nov. 2, 1929 – Mar. 28th, 2018

Herbert Gerald Zinsmeyer was born on November 2nd, 1929 in D'Hanis, Texas to Martin and Dora (Koch) Zinsmeyer. He was their sixth of seven children and youngest son. Herb was blessed with older brothers Joseph, James, Bernard, and David, older sister Emily, and younger sister Ellen. Herb's youth was spent growing up in D'Hanis across the street from Holy Cross Catholic Church and attending Saint Anthony's Catholic School next door.

Herb graduated from D'Hanis High School and enlisted in the US Air Force. In 1958, he graduated with honors from the University of Texas Mechanical Engineering School and was recruited to work at the Westinghouse Advanced Development Group in Pittsburgh, PA. While there and working on his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Herb met Lois M. Hotham and they were married on Dec. 13th, 1958. Together, they had four boys, Charlie, John, Edward and Kurt, seven grandchildren Tim, Holly, Callie, David, Rachel, Clark and Kayla, and three great-granddaughters, Madison, Olivia, and Harper.

Herb was a dedicated and hard-working engineer, business-man, and serial inventor. He and his brother, Jim, invented the first automatic game feeder in the early 1960's and built a business that is still in existence today, nearly 60 years later. In the early 1970's Herb started Spenco Systems, Inc. which went on to develop the first self-service gasoline stations thus creating a global industry which revolutionized the way the entire world buys automotive gasoline.

Herb was a devout Catholic and devoted family man. He loved nothing more than to be with family and friends at his beloved Z-River Ranch on the Colorado River in Brown County, Texas.

Herb is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lois Zinsmeyer, all of his brothers, and his younger sister, Ellen Spaight. Herb is survived by his sister Emily Beck of D'Hanis, Texas; four sons, Charlie, John, Ed, and Kurt Zinsmeyer, all of central Texas; his seven grandchildren, Tim Zinsmeyer, Holly Stump, Callie Zinsmeyer, David Zinsmeyer, Rachel Zinsmeyer, Clark Zinsmeyer, Kayla Zinsmeyer; and his three great-granddaughters, Madison and Olivia Stump, and Harper Zinsmeyer.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South in Lakeway, TX.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Guinn-Horger Funeral Home Chapel, 2006 Avenue M in Hondo, Texas. A Rosary will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 310 FM 2200, D'Hanis, Texas 78850. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in D'Hanis, Texas

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Herb's memory to the Alzheimer's Association (

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Lakeway, TX 78734
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