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Carl Zinter May 19, 1917 - Jan. 2, 2009

DAWSON -- Carl William Zinter, 91, of rural Dawson, died Friday at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Providence Valley Lutheran Church in rural Dawson with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Hanson and Dahl Funeral Home in Dawson with a closing prayer service at 7 p.m.

He was born May 19, 1917, in Moylan Township near Goodridge to Herman and Ida (Gaedke) Zinter. He completed his education in country school and helped his father on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army in 1941 at Fort Snelling. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wis., after serving in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

He married Opal McKenney on Oct. 27, 1945, in Madison. They lived for one winter in South Dakota and, in 1946, they moved to a farm in rural Canby, where they farmed. They retired around 1980 and built a home on a farm two miles north.

He was a member of the Clark-Hansen VFW Post in Canby and the District 24 School Board, held township and county offices with the Farm Bureau, and was active in the local Republican Party. He served on the Providence Valley Church Council and for several years and was its custodian.

He is survived by his wife; three sons: Dennis (and Donna) Zinter of Dawson, Craig (and Marcia) Zinter of Chaska and Gene (and Bobbi) Zinter of rural Canby; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.