Compass photographer Rick Evans dies

By Jeff Kurowski | The Compass | August 10, 2016

GREEN BAY — Rick Evans’ passions were on display at prayer services in his honor Aug. 5 and 6 at Newcomer Funeral Home. Photo boards captured both the moments of his life and showcased his work. Items displayed included his guitar, tennis racquets and various sailing mementos. Also present was his camera and, nestled between items on a table, a Catholic Press Association award for photography.

Evans, who worked as a photographer for The Compass, beginning in the late ’70s, died July 23 at age 73. Following graduation from Premontre High School in Green Bay, Evans earned degrees from UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Rick Evans shot photos for the diocesan paper for almost 40 years. (Submitted photo)
Rick Evans shot photos for the diocesan paper for almost 40 years. (Submitted photo)

Evans photographed events and celebrations throughout the diocese, ranging from ordination Masses to fireworks in the sky over the St. Norbert College campus. Tony Staley, retired editor of The Compass, noted Evans’ commitment and personality.

“Rick could always be counted on to come through at the last minute, no matter what the photo was or where he had to go to get it,” said Staley. “He had a great sense of humor and could be counted on to help keep things in balance.

“One special memory of Rick was the annual Gaudium et Spes Awards given by several diocesan departments and named for the Vatican II document on joy and hope,” he continued. “Every spring, we would have stories and photos featuring the recipients and as the time drew near, Rick would always remind us at editorial staff meetings that it was almost time for the ‘Spes Awards’ or sometimes just ‘the Spes.’ No matter how many times we tried, we could never convince him that it was Gaudium et Spes. For Rick, it was just Spes and perhaps he had it right — hope.”

Associate editor, Pat Kasten, recalled how kind Rick was, “especially with religious jubilarians.”

In addition to his photography talents, Evans was also an accomplished sailor, musician and tennis player. He sailed competitively on the bay of Green Bay and throughout the Midwest for more than 30 years.

Deacon Paul Grimm led a prayer vigil on Aug. 5. Friends and family shared memories and reflections. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Morneau presided at the funeral liturgy Aug. 6. Kristen Rader Cafferty, Rick’s niece and goddaughter, spoke on behalf of the family by fittingly offering a “picture of Rick’s life.”

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