June 11, 1932 - October 29, 2012
Ever since grade school I have prayed that God would take me first – ahead of my loved ones, but now it looks like that might not happen.
Martin Zinz passed away October 29, 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. It was during this time that his son, David E. Zinz passed away unexpectedly. David was employed as a teacher in Henderson, Nevada where a memorial service was held in his memory.
Martin was born June 11, 1932 in Kyrieleis, Romania to Martin Zinz and Katharina Zinz (Kandert). He has four sisters; Rose, Kay, Mary and Hilda. After arriving in the United States in 1951 he helped to bring his sisters and mother here. He enlisted in the army in 1953 and subsequently joined the National Guard where he rose to the rank of Command Sgt. Major and served for 35 reserve years. He also worked at Consumers Energy for 35 years.
Martin married Edith Joerke on September 5, 1959. They had two sons, John and Donald. John passed away on March 24, 1986. Edith passed away on February 16, 1964. Donald married Rebecca Lynn Halton on August 2, 1997. They have to children, John and Meredith.
Martin married Marcene Peplinski on May 26, 1967 and adopted her three children on March 15, 1968. (William (Cheryl), David and Stephen).
Martin enjoyed many hobbies and activities. They were stamp and coin collecting, dancing, swimming, hunting and wood cutting. His very favorite was excellent wine making – to which all his friends can attest. He also played soccer for many years.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial was held for immediate family members. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the cancer centers in their area. Arrangements handled by the Hale Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Home. Those wishing to express words of sympathy may do so at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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I never met Martin but I work closely with his son Don. I have heard many good things about Martin and I too have enjoyed the fruits of his labor. He has done many things to be proud of in his lifetime. My condolences to the family.
— Kevin Conklin
CSM ZINZ WAS MY FRIEND FOR MANY YEARS AND MY
COMMAND SGT MAJOR WITH THE 177TH MP BRIGADE IN
DETROIT MI.MARTIN WAS THE ULTIMATE SOLDIER AND
PERFORMED IN AN OUTSTANDING MANNER ..HE WILL BE
SORELY MISSED BY HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS..GOD BLESS
YOU MARTIN OLD FRIEND...
— RICHARD DEMARA
I first met Command Sergeant Major Zinz when I was a buck Sergeant in the 125th Infantry and was in his command for many years. He was a leader that mentored his Soldiers and NCO Corps and I followed him as I learned from him. He will be remembered and missed by his fellow Soldiers.
CSM (R) Tom Foster
— Thomas Foster
I have know Martin since 1953, and there is not a person that I admired more than CSM Zinz. He was the one I would follow any where, anytime,any place. He made the best Brandy,and I still have a bottle of it in my golf bag. Love you and I always will miss you as a soldier and friend. God Bless you.
— Dick Ellison
I Have known Martin since 1935 We were in the Guards together he was a great man and a wonderful Soldier.He will be missed
— Dick Ellison
I have know Martin since 1957 A Great 1st sgt and a Great CSM He Will be missed Love his Bandy and Wine
— Pete Lukes CSM(R)
To the family of CSM Martin Zinz: CSM Zinz was the heart and soul of Bravo Company, 1st Bn, 125th Inf. Martin was my 1st Sgt of Bravo Company and also served as my CSM of the 1st Bn 125th Inf. He was indeed the finest soldier I have ever served with and considered him a true friend. I will miss him. God's Blessings to his family.
— BG Ret Glen Chapin
I would like to offer my condolences to Martin's family. I have fond memories of our times together and will miss the big smile and handshake we shared each time we met. Rest in Peace my Friend.
— 1st sgt ret Thomas Stone
martin was a great person you have my deapest
sempathee if you need anything call
BOB LAMBKIN BRUTHERINLAW
— BOB LAMBKIN
Martin was my father's best friend and uncle Martin to my children. A very good friend to my family, someone who was always there to help in any way needed. I am proud to have had Martin in my life. My family has the Zinz family on our prayerlist. Tim OKeefe
— Tim OKeefe
My condolences to Donald and his family. May you keep your father and the good memories close to your heart.
— Donna Ryder Payne
I've served in National Guard with Martin as his Mess Sargent for my last three years in guard ,but knew him before going to G B U dances and thu his sister Mary, a longtime friend of my wife. we've missed having contact with him thru the later years. he was a great First Sargent. Jerry Jones Fam.
— Rgeralj jones
Just recalling past events, and looked for Martin Zinz on Internet. I am sorry to see that He has passed away. My Husband, Robert C Wills, (COL RET) passed away in 2006, but we had happy memories of CSM Zinz, especially of the time Martin arranged a Champagne Breakfast at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island. Martin, of course, made the champagne. How sad I am to learn of his passing, and send condolences to his Family. He made the NGAM annual meetings MEMORABLE!
— Carolyn Wills
We will miss you Martin and David....love always..
— Richard & Mary ann Peplinski