Adolph Carl “Bud” Zinn | Waukesha County Obituaries

Adolf Carl “Bud” Zinn

Bud, of Hartland and formerly of Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully at the hands of God on May 11, 2022, surrounded by family and dear friends.

He is welcomed into heaven by his beloved wife of 67 years, June Helen, and their three children, Cory, Peggy and Buddy. He will be sadly missed by his children Skip (Phyllis Russo), Wally (Becky) and Susie (Paul) Good. Grandfather of Heidi Zinn, Heather (Dan) Stacey, Will (Rachel) Sams, Jason Zinn, Cory Zinn Jr., Oliver Zinn, Christian (Kelly Guardino) Zinn, Chloe Zinn and Kipp Zinn, Fritz (Ashley) Good, Eric (Lindsay) Good and Hans Good. Great-grandfather of Sean Dolan, Sawyer and Halle Zinn. Beloved uncle of Carl, Julie, Betzy, Mary Wyn, Lyn, Stormy, Sandy, Wendy and Carla, as well as many other wonderful relatives and friends.

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Bud was born in Milwaukee and graduated from Riverside High School. He proudly served our country during World War II in the United States Army and fought in Northern France during the Battle of the Bulge. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Carroll College before doing a foundry apprenticeship with Falk Corporation. He spent the next 25 years with Waukesha Foundry, before rising to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved with a variety of businesses including Delafield Ski Lodge, National Development, Brake and Equipment Company, and St. Lucia Yacht Services. He was very involved in the early years of University Lake School and was a proud lifelong supporter of the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity.

Bud has spent the 96 summers of his life at Lake Pewaukee. He and his brothers Don, Eddie and his sister Wini spent many wonderful summers sailing A, E and C barges and ice boating in the winter. The whole family were avid sailors and devoted countless hours to their respective yacht clubs. He met the love of his life June when his father asked him to teach him how to sail, never realizing they would fall in love and run away on a regatta three months later! He was a strong supporter of the sailing school and eventually became commodore of the Yacht Club, where he was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the first clubhouse. One of his greatest joys was seeing his grandsons boating on the lake he loved the most.

Bud also loved to golf and played many rounds at his favorite clubs in Chenequa and Marco Island. He was very proud to have finally reached his age at 86 AND 87! He was an active guy and enjoyed years of skiing in Winter Park and 50 years of fun in the sun on Marco Island. Bud and June loved to travel and particularly enjoyed Europe and South America. They especially loved bringing our big family together to reconnect in a tropical destination.

Big Bud was an amazing man who always had a positive attitude and a welcoming smile despite some pretty serious health issues. He was deeply loved by many and blessed with some truly special friends. His favorite saying was “Do the best you can with what you’ve got” and he did exactly that – with flying colors!

We’re sure he’s dancing in heaven with Junebug and enjoying some Zinn Specials!

Krause Funeral Home serves the family. Call 262-432-8300 or visit online at

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