Carl Arthur Zenor, 91, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Bainbridge, Indiana, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at his Florida home after enduring a long cardiac illness.
He was born April 4, 1927 to Roy Homer and Lucille Josephine (nee-Dierdorf) Zenor, in Clay Co. Indiana near Brazil. After graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and remained with the U.S. Air Force for nearly 40 years (active and reserve), retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Carl served in Japan during the Occupation after World War II, and later was an Executive Intelligence Officer for the 71 Special Operations Squadron and the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Grissom Air Base at Peru, IN.
Carl was a member of the United Methodist Church. He attended DePauw University, receiving both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in History. He taught Social Studies first at Salem, IN, next at Bainbridge, IN, and ultimately went to George Washington High School in Indianapolis for most of his teaching career, finally as head of the Social Studies Dept. there. Due to his expertise in Indiana History, Carl was selected as director of the 1966 Sesquicentennial.
Carl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Malinda (Lynn) Zenor, Punta Gorda, FL; son Roy (Mary) Zenor of Indianapolis, IN; daughter Cindy (Tim) McCormick of Crawfordsville, IN; grandchildren Carl D. (Jami) Zenor, Jessica (Matt) Miles of Indianapolis, IN, and Tim (Meagan) McCormick of Fishers, IN; nephew David (Margie) Zenor of Bonita Springs, FL; three great grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Carl at a later date in Indiana. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Punta Gorda Chapel.