Known as K.D. or Dieter, Karl was born on June 21, 1921 in Gera, Germany. He was drafted into the German Army during World War II, where he served on both fronts and finished out the war in a prisoner of war camp in England.
After World War II, Karl emigrated to Lancaster County in 1950 and later became a United States citizen. He met his wife Else Lohmann and they married in 1952. Karl and Else bought a farm near Kirkwood, Pennsylvania in 1956, where they started the Lindenhof Guernsey farm. Karl and Else resided there for the duration of their 65 year marriage.
He was a respected, hardworking and talented dairyman. Lindenhof Guernseys was well known among dairy breeders receiving multiple local, state and national honors for milk, protein and butterfat production throughout his career. In 1976 he received the Lancaster county soil conservationist of the year award.