Archive for Tuesday, April 27, 1999


April 27, 1999



Kansas City, Kan. -- Services for Ray Richard Evans, 76, Prairie Village, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Church, Fairway. Private burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Evans died Saturday, April 24, 1999, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1922, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Joseph and Sue Orendac Evans. He graduated from Wyandotte High School and from Kansas University with a business degree in 1947. While attending KU he was named an All-American in basketball in 1943 and in football in 1947.

He was the nation's leading collegiate passer in 1942, completing 101 out of 198 passes.

At KU, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and president of his senior class. He also was elected to the Owl Society and Sachem, and he was named KU Honor Man in 1948. He was named "Phi of the Year" by his fraternity alumni in 1958.

He played professional football with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1948.

He served as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

A banker and civic leader, Evans worked at Traders National Bank until 1975.

He was appointed by President Eisenhower to serve on the National Council on Youth Fitness.

He served as trustee of the Dwight Eisenhower Foundation and past director, president and chairman of the board of directors of the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.

He also served as trustee and president of the KU Alumni Association and as a trustee of the KU Endowment Association.

He was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents and served there from 1954 to 1966.

Mr. Evans also was vice president of the Greater Kansas City Clearing House Assn. and vice president and director of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He was a past director of the Boys Club.

He was instrumental in bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to Kansas City, and served as president of the Kansas City Chiefs Club. He also was a former director and part-owner of the Kansas City Kings basketball team.

Mr. Evans had been a member of the Kansas City Royal Lancers group since its beginning in 1967.

He was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1964 and to the Helms Basketball Foundation.

He was awarded the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 1973. The award is given to college athletes who contribute to their communities for 25 years.

Mr. Evans in 1988 was inducted into the Orange Bowl Classic Hall of Fame.

KU named him recipient of the Citation for Distinguished Service in 1969 and a recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1976.

He was a member of the Society of Fellows of the Nelson Art Gallery.

He also was a member of the Kansas Investors and Vanguard Breakfast Club and was honored by the "Man of the Year Club."

He was a member of St. Agnes Church.

He married Edith Marie Darby Evans Feb. 25, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Julia Evans Fromm and Rita Evans Stark, both of Mission Hills, and Lisa Evans Tuchtan, Bethesda, Md.; a son, Ray, Prairie Village; a sister, Helen Carr, Overland Park; and eight grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Church.

The family suggests memorials to the Williams Fund in care of the KU Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, 66044-0928; the Heart Institute Foundation of St. Luke's Hospital, P.O. Box 11900, Kansas City, Mo., 64111; or any other charity.

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