Ramon Gantz Musheno, of Lebanon, PA, passed peacefully at home with his family on Dec. 29, 2020, at the age of 90. He was a cherished father, grandfather, great-grandfather, professional violinist, and award-winning adman.
In addition to four decades in a successful career in advertising, as the owner of RG Musheno Associates, a full-service agency he founded in 1959, he was a professional violinist who performed in the White House for two U.S. presidents, Eisenhower and Bush Jr. During the ’90s and early 2000s, he performed at many distinguished events in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings. He began performing in elementary school, became third in the state during his high school years, and later performed with the U.S. Air Force Symphony, touring Northern Europe. He was a 20-year member of the Hershey (PA) Symphony Orchestra and he also performed as a strolling violinist at nursing homes, weddings, and hospitals. Ray was honored to be a member of the Lebanon County Music Hall of Fame.
His award-winning advertising agency, the first in Lebanon, served a wide variety of local, regional, and national clients, representing many brand-name consumer products and professional services from shopping centers, hotels, and restaurant chains to insurance firms and banks. In later years, he specialized in outdoor advertising. He and his loyal associate, Ann Geist, of Hershey, retired from the agency in 2018.
Ray was a 1948 graduate of Lebanon High School where he met Dorothy Eberly, of Myerstown, who has been a companion for the past 13 years. He attended the Harrisburg Academy and Penn State University before starting his family in 1955.
He was devoted to his daughters and their children, often organizing trips to Hershey Park, Mt. Gretna, and various seashore resorts. He was a proud fan of many special events and shows in which the children were active. He was also a long-time member of the Lebanon Country Club.
He will be remembered as being loving, supportive, and fun with wisdom and generosity to his family and friends. He never forgot a birthday or special occasion to recognize someone’s achievement or special day.
He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Carol, of Fredericksburg, VA, Joy A. Riley (husband Pat), and Catherine R. Shaak (husband Fritz), of Lebanon, and Kim E. Musheno, of Silver Spring, MD, their mother, Joyce A. Daub, of Myerstown, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his brother, John Musheno, and nephew, Randy Musheno, both of Lebanon, and was predeceased by his brother, Jim Musheno, and sister, Helen Rechter.
A date and place for a celebration of his life will be announced once family and friends can attend safely. Ray’s cause of death was complications from COVID-19.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hershey Symphony in Ray’s name would be appreciated. Mail to P.O. Box 93, Hershey, PA 17033.