There will be no public visitation.
Michael passed away Monday, June 30, 2008, at Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund in memory of Mike.
Michael L. Zenor, the son of Wayne and Ruby (Werts) Zenor, was born April 20, 1949, in Spencer. His childhood years were spent in Spencer, where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1967. He continued his education at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Geography. Mike married Paula Morterud on June 12, 1971, in Lakefield, Minn. Following his post graduate study in public administration at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he entered Drake Law School in Des Moines, graduating in 1975 and was later admitted to the practice. In the same year, Mike and Paula returned to Spencer, where he established a law practice. He was elected Clay County Attorney in November 1978, taking office the following January. He remained in office until 2005, when he moved to Dickinson County, continuing afterwards as an assistant. He maintained an active, general private law practice, most recently with Zenor, Houchins and Borth, until his death.
His interest in politics led to central committee membership, and chair of the Clay County Republican Party. He also served as chairman of the Clay County Council on Aging; and took part at Grace United Methodist Church, in its church council and senior high Sunday school. He also served as director of the Iowa chapter, and later, the (AAA) American Automobile Association.; held board duties for the Maritime Museum, now Historic Arnolds Park, Inc.; was part of the Iowa Trial Layers Association on its Board of Governors; was president of the Spencer Little League; and a member of the Evening Shade Lodge No. 312 A.F. & A.M. of Spencer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Ruby Zenor; and his uncles: Dean Zenor and Maurice Zenor.
Mike is servived by his wife, Paula; and his children: Ben of West Okoboji, Amy, of Iowa City, and Paul, of West Okoboji.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.