Ernest Hemingway Mainland of Petoskey, Michigan, died on January 12, 2021. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on December 2nd, 1938, to Kenneth and Madelaine "Sunny" Mainland. He died as a result of complications due to total kidney failure. He writes this obituary.
I want to be remembered for being the best family man I could have been and adhering to the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.
I was honored to have the lead, thru Rotary, in establishing drinking fountains in the Petoskey downtown and parks area. I introduced the STRIVE scholarship program to the Petoskey School system, and it spread across the state and into northern Indiana.
I was active in re-building Junior Achievement in Northern Michigan and being a co-lead in Petoskey's Winter Sports Park revitalization. To help fund Rotary's effort to rid the world of polio, I established an excellent fundraising effort, the Rotary Raffle Calendar, that is still being used by the Rotary Club. I was proud to serve the community as a board member and President of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Thru the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, I learned the beginnings of the skill of fundraising. A gift that helped me while on the boards of both the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation and the North Central Michigan College Foundation. Most recently, I have been assisting the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy build their Guardian Fund balance.
I enjoyed being the Scoutmaster of Troop Five in Petoskey for about ten years. During that tenure, eight boys earned their rank of Eagle Scout. I was recently honored to be named the Sponsor of the 2019 Class of Eagle Scouts in the BSA's Northern District.
In my church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, I was active as an acolyte director and as their first Verger. During a tumultuous time, I left Emmanuel and established First Anglican Church in Petoskey. Now known as New Life Anglican, it is vibrant and succeeding in spreading the Gospel. My church home is once again Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
And lastly, my family. My wife of over 52 years, Judith Gamble Mainland, Judy, has been my faithful companion and has held the marital ship's tiller with a steady hand all these years. Our son, John Kenneth Mainland, Ken, is a successful life and health insurance agent, Scoutmaster, former Fire Fighter, Rotarian, and all-around good guy. He and his entire family are very humanitarian oriented benefitting local non-profit agencies and entities. Ken, married to Megan Rader Mainland, have two sons, Corbin and Kurtis, and one daughter, Mackenzie, all of whom have given me so much joy.
Due to Covid restrictions a private family service will take place.
If you wish to consider a memorial gift, may I suggest the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy; Post Office Box 579; Walloon Lake, Ml 49796 for "The Guardian Fund", or the North Central Michigan College Foundation; 1515 Howard Street; Petoskey, Ml 49770.
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