RICHARD S. HECKENKAMP
Richard S. "Dick" Heckenkamp, 83, of Quincy, died at 3:03 a.m. Tuesday (November 25, 2014) in his home.
Born November 13, 1931 in Quincy, Dick was the son of George C. and Loretta A. Odenthal Heckenkamp.
In 1942, Dick's family moved from Quincy to Joliet, Illinois where he attended St. John's Grade School and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School.
Dick enlisted in U. S. Navy after passing the audition for entrance into the U. S. Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C. Upon his graduation, Dick served out his enlistment with the Navy Unit Band aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Boxer.
Following his discharge, Dick attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where graduated in 1955 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Mr. Heckenkamp moved to California in 1955 and began a successful career in the entertainment industry. He worked as a publicist with Twentieth Century Fox; a theatrical agent with Music Corporation of America (MCA); and was an executive with Capitol Records, KEMO TV in San Francisco and KTLA in Los Angeles. In 1970, Mr. Heckenkamp founded and served as President and C.E.O. of the talent agency Film Artists Associates. In 1982, he took a leave of absence to become Vice President of Gannett Productions in New York, a division of the Gannett Media Conglomerate. He returned to Film Artists Associates in 1984 where he remained until his retirement in 1998.
Survivors include a son, Spencer Garrett Heckenkamp of Los Angeles, CA; a nephew, Lawrence Leistiko of Edina, MN; a niece, Linda Mullenbach of Prior Lake, MN; and several cousins in Quincy, IL.
Mr. Heckenkamp was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George "Jack" Heckenkamp Jr.; and a sister, Anne Leistiko.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday (December 6, 2014) at 10:00 in St. Peter's Catholic Church by Monsignor Leo Enlow. Inurnment will be Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, California.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church in care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301