Menards Guy Ray Szmanda passes away at 91

Menards Guy Ray Szmanda passes away at 91

A Milwaukee native and World War II Navy veteran, Szmanda founded a broadcasting school in Wausau. He also narrated a recording of the Bible.

ANTIGO, Wis. (WISC) — The enthusiastic television pitchman who told viewers they could save big money at Wisconsin-based home improvement chain Menards has died. Ray Szmanda was 91.

Menards has stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Szmandas son, Charles Szmanda, says his father died Sunday in home hospice care in Antigo, Wisconsin, of congestive heart failure.

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Ray Szmanda was featured in advertising for Eau Claire-based Menard Inc. starting in 1976 until his retirement in 1998. He was known as The Menards Guy.

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Menards said Szmandas friendly, enthusiastic and fun loving personality have made a lasting impression on the family-owned company and its customers.

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