Ernest Herbert “Ernie” Mai, 88, passed away August 29, 2016 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, surrounded by family. Ernie was born June 14,1928 outside of WaKeeney, Kansas. Ernie graduated from Trego Community HS and from Baker University. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He married Nina Heidt of Raytown in 1954. Ernie was an insurance adjuster and a general building contractor for most of his adult life. In semi-retirement, Ernie greatly enjoyed working as a security guard and a courier for Gear for Sports in Lenexa, KS. A deeply devoted churchgoer, family man, friend to many and a US Marine, Ernie’s love of life is best summarized on a plaque he displayed at home: “God, Family, Country”. Survivors include his wife Nina; his children Kay (Miami, FL), Dan and wife Maria (Ballwin, MO), David (Manchester, MO); brother Palmer and sister-in-law Beverly (Kirkwood, MO); sister Helen (Shreveport, LA); his grandchildren Spencer and wife Tori, Shelley, and Mitchell; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Prairie Baptist Church, 7416 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, KS 66208. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prairie Baptist Church, Baker University and Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org). Assistance by Funeral Advocates.
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