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Erick Van Slamka


1943 - 2013 | Notice Condolences
Erick Van Slamka Notice
Slamka, Erick Van Age 70. Found peace on Saturday, December 28, 2013 surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's and was reunited with his beloved dogs Sunny and Harley. Left to share in his memories are his sons Craig Slamka and Derick Slamka, brothers Kim (Gail) Lenda, Sam Lenda and Thomas (Robin) Slamka, sisters Carla (Jon) Magnus and Nancy (Thomas) Sorensen. Also, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many many friends, his beloved Black Lab Shadow and Patricia Stoll who loved him to the end. Preceded in death by his mother Sophie (Eugene) Lenda, and his father Andrew (Johanna) Slamka. Erick was born July 16, 1943 and lived in South Milwaukee all his life. He graduated from South Milwaukee Senior High in 1961 and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 1975 from UW Milwaukee. He was hired as a Patrolman for the South Milwaukee Police Department in October of 1964. Erick served his country during the Vietnam War with the Army 630th Military Police Co. from 1965-1967. After serving in Vietnam, he returned to the police force where he rose through the ranks, as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Inspector and ultimately appointed as Chief of Police in January of 1988. Erick retired from the South Milwaukee Police Department in June of 1997 after 33 years of service. Following a brief retirement he became the First Executive Director of the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, HIDTA, where he served for 10 years before finally retiring in 2008. Erick was involved in many Community and Law Enforcement organizations. He was an avid boater, golfer, loved cars, motorcycles, his dogs and the view of Lake Michigan from his home. Family will receive guests at the funeral home on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. Memorial service to follow at 1:00PM with Military Honors provided by Stewart-Turczyn VFW Post 3742. In lieu of flowers, memorials to are appreciated. Special thanks to the Heartland Hospice Team and a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Mitchell Manor of Oak Creek who lovingly cared for Erick the last year and a half of his life. As Erick was so fond of saying, we end with, "It is what it is"
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jan. 1, 2014
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