Ray Szmanda, iconic face of Menards, passes away

Menards spokesperson Ray Szmanda passed away at 91. Photo courtesy Menards. 

Ray Szmanda, the iconic face of the Menards home improvement chain, passed away Sunday. Ray was 91 years old.

He was the spokesperson of the Menards franchise for over two decades. 

Ray's son Charles shared the news in a Facebook post:

Menard released a statement about Ray:

Ray Szmanda remained a steady fixture in our advertising for nearly a quarter century  until his retirement in 1998.  Still to this day, Ray’s friendly, enthusiastic and fun loving personality have made a lasting impression on our customers and all of us at Menards.  We are saddened by his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Ray’s family, friends and the millions of people who knew him as ‘The Menards Guy.’