Richard Joseph “Rick” Winquest
June 6, 1955 – June 14, 2023
Rick was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Being fifth of seven children, he grew up with so much life and love surrounding him. Early on, he discovered his great love for music. Little did he know, that love of music would end up being such a major part of his life. He started playing the drums at age seven, then went on to learn the guitar and many other instruments. At age 15, he was in his first rock band. He would then go on to be in several other bands (Kickin’ and Hit-N-Run to name a couple) and recorded several albums. This eventually led him to make the big move to California to pursue his dream of being in the music industry. After working his way up the ladder in numerous Los Angeles recording studios, he found himself up with some of the best scoring engineers in Los Angeles, many of whom mentored him along the way. In the years to follow, he became an established and in-demand scoring engineer for the film and music industry. He had such an ear for music and was so wonderful at his craft. He mentored many new and upcoming recording engineers, just as his mentors did for him early on in his career.
After a very successful career in the music industry, Rick decided to change his career path and join the Event 360 group. He acted as Production Manager, Site Manager and Technical Director for large scale events, which has helped raise nearly $1B for charities regarding breast cancer, suicide prevention, AIDS treatment, Multiple Sclerosis research and many others. He was a consummate mentor and teacher to younger employees and maintained a reputation for being detailed to the extreme and never losing his cool in difficult situations. Although this position became a huge part of his life, his passion for music never wavered. During this time, he continued acting as a part-time engineer, recording orchestras for albums by the Montreal Symphony and Canadian artist Gino Vannelli. He pushed his amazing talent to extreme with this piece, as he recorded it in his home, while the orchestra was thousands of miles away in Canada! He was so proud of this project, which would end up being his last. He left us with such a beautiful last piece, that we will cherish forever.
Rick was an avid golfer and loved spending time on the green with his brothers and great friends. He loved the Dodgers! Up until the very end, Rick lived life FULLY and courageously. He left a beautiful legacy behind in everyone he came in contact with. Rick loved life, music, his daughters, his grandchildren, family and friends to the fullest and everyone loved him back. His smile was infectious. His laugh was one of a kind. He was a treasure that we will all hold dear to our hearts forever.
“I’m gonna drive all day, drive all night
I’m gonna keep on driving
Till I meet you in the sunlight.”
He is survived by his beloved daughters, Ashley Winquest (Omaha, NE); Chloe Haaland (Sherman Oaks, CA); beloved grandchildren: Bella, Noah, Maverick and Evangeline (Omaha, NE); siblings: Chris Garner (Brad) Winthrop, WA, Lynn Broderick (Mike) Aurora, WV, Colleen Winquest Houston, TX, Robert Winquest Hitchcock, TX, Ronn Winquest (Mary Lou) Valley, NE, Edmund Winquest (Wendy) Scottsdale, AZ; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Marilyn (Kunkel) Winquest, and father, Robert Edwin Winquest.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Thursday, July 6th at 10am at Calvary Cemetery, followed by CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE at 12noon at Lifegate Church, 15555 W. Dodge Rd., Omaha 68154.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to City of Hope in memory of Rick at ourhope.cityofhope.org/RickWinquest.
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