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Philip Charles Lamka
d.7 Jun 2005
  1. Philip Charles Lamka1947 - 2005
Facts and Events
Name[1] Philip Charles Lamka
Gender Male
Birth[2] 10 Feb 1947 El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma
Death[3] 7 Jun 2005

Obituary for Philip Charles Lamka found at funeral home site Philip Charles Lamka, a resident of Milford since 1983, passed away on June 7, 2005 at the age of 58. Philip, the son of Charles Edwin Lamka and Dell Johns Lamka, was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on February 10, 1947. He was raised in Amarillo, Texas where he fed his passion for baseball by playing third base for Amarillo High School’s team “The Golden Sandies.” Philip attended Amarillo College and was then accepted to the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship. Philip graduated from West Texas University in Canyon, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. After a brief stint selling pharmaceuticals, Philip discovered a new passion and began a long and successful career in broadcasting. Starting as a salesman for WBOK Radio in New Orleans, he strove for excellence and worked his way up to Vice President & General Manager of Shamrock broadcasting. Impressed with his initiative and impeccable performance, Shamrock promoted Philip and moved him to Detroit in early 1981 to run W4 Country. At that station, he was introduced to his general sales manager – and the love of his life. Sharman and Philip were married in San Antonio, Texas on November 14 of that same year. Philip ran W4 Country for fifteen years, and under his stewardship and guidance, it quickly became Detroit’s #1 radio station and received the coveted Marconi Award for broadcast excellence. He later founded WDFN radio in Detroit and most recently was General Manager of Metro Networks, a broadcasting entity which disseminates all the news and traffic reports to Detroit radio stations. Through his leadership, professionalism and passion, Philip Lamka became a prominent, respected and beloved member of the Detroit Broadcasting community. He was a mentor to many and was especially supportive of women in professional roles within broadcasting. He ultimately became a champion of working mothers in the industry. Philip served as President and board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Detroit Radio Advertising Group and board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Phil Lamka will be remembered as a loving, compassionate man who immediately put people at ease and brought about many smiles and much laughter. Professionally, he recognized, applauded and rewarded talent and was rewarded in return with the love and adoration of those who worked for him. Philip never lost his love of baseball and truly enjoyed attending the Detroit Tiger’s Fantasy Camp. He treasured gatherings of friends and family and delighted in preparing meals and backyard barbecues for those he loved. He was especially fond of his grandchildren, niece and nephew and cherished the time he spent with them. In addition to Sharman, his wife of over twenty-three years, Philip is survived by sons Michael Charles Lamka and Philip Glenn Lamka; grandchildren Lisa Elaine, Nathan Philip and Amanda Lynn Lamka; sister Sharon Lamka (Richard William) Hegeman; niece Haley Phillips Hegeman; nephew Graham Christopher Hegeman; in-laws Jim and Eleanor Stewart and a host of loving friends who are thankful for their time with Philip, but join with his family in mourning his death. A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Saturday, June 11th, at 11 p.m. Jim Sheehan will officiate. Friends may visit Friday, June 10th, from 1-9 p.m. Donations may be made to The Research of Interstitial Lung Diseases. Checks payable to: Pershing LLC, c/o Chris Cousins, Financial Architects, Inc., 39395 W. Twelve Mile Road, Suite 102, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. For further information, please call at 248-684-6645.

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