1925 - 1985
-- Follow your dream"
and Portugal were the next destinations for a world traveler named
Unfortunately, Omer Lamkin died of a heart attack in 1985, shortly
after booking that trip. It is, therefore, fitting that his cremated
remains should travel to Spain before being launched on his ultimate
goal: a journey into space. After 12 years of waiting, his two
daughters, Pam and Paula, will finally witness their father's
symbolic space voyage on the Celestis Founders Flight.
Mr. Lamkin grew up in Ekron, Kentucky, and served
as a medic aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during
World War II. He returned to Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of
Science degree from the University of Louisville in 1949. He then
joined the Whayne Supply Company and stayed for thirty five years,
working his way up from stock clerk to vice president and general
Mr. Lamkin was a big, outgoing, stylish man who
loved travel, weekends on the Ohio River, and University of Louisville
athletics. He traveled with Martha, his wife of twenty six years
to Hawaii, Europe, and Puerto Rico. After Martha's death in 1975,
he continued traveling, visiting many exotic places, including
Russia, Mexico, New Zealand, and islands off the coast of South
Omer Lamkin was a true adventurer. His dreams of
space travel are being fulfilled with the maiden Celestis flight.