'Menards Guy' Ray Szmanda, longtime company spokesman, dies at 91

Ray Szmanda, known to generations of Wisconsinites as the man who brought Menards commercials to life, has died at age 91.

Szmanda passed away at his home in Antigo on Sunday, May 6, according to an obituary posted to Bradley Funeral Home & Crematory's website.

Szmanda worked in T.V. and radio in the 1950s and operated a broadcast school in Waukesha until the late 1970s, when he joined Menards as a pitchman.

His countless commercial appearances over the decades, as well as his distinctive voice, endeared Szmanda to many across the years.

"I'm having a ball; I love what I do, and I think as long as I feel that way, that message gets across on television," Szmanda once said, according to his official biography on the Menards website.

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