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Town stunned after farmer's funeral

Funeral Surprise Has Western Iowa Buzzing

KCCI reports that much of Western Iowa has been buzzing ever since Edwin 'Bud' Skalla was laid to rest.

The frugal farmer never married, and most people who knew him admitted that he wasn't exactly a 'people person.' The 92-year-old was quite a lone wolf, and Skalla's executor says Skalla wouldn't even sit with him to have a cup of coffee.

He's been described as a 'quirky' guy who never dressed lavishly and was basically a total mystery.

After his death, his priest (who also didn't know him so well) got a call. 'You're going to be on the receiving end of a very large bequest,' Father John Dorton said. 'How big is big?' he wondered.

A few days later, he got his answer: $3 million worth of farmland left to his parish.

'I've been a priest 43 years and I've never seen one like this,' Dorton said.

Then, surprises started to pop up everywhere. Break out a calculator and you're talking about a bequest that's in the neighborhood of about $10 million. He left that money to churches in 13 different towns, and each parish could be looking at a bequeath of $500,000.

In life, Bud Skalla had a reputation. In death, he earned a new one ... while teaching a lesson. Sometimes, you can't judge a book by its cover.

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montes February 12 2014 at 7:14 PM

He still had $10mil BECAUSE he stayed away from women...

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elizabeth February 12 2014 at 6:02 PM

This prove the old saying: "Never someone by their appearance; you will probably be wrong". He seems to be an independent person and he go the last laugh. God Bless him for his bequest and i hope people will think twice before judging people.

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korthalspaul February 12 2014 at 9:44 AM

This IS Iowa...
"There's nothing halfway
About the Iowa way to treat you
When we treat you
Which we may not do at all.

We'll give you our shirt
And a back to go with it
If your crops should happen to die

So what the heck, you're welcome
Glad to have you with us
Even though we may not ever mention it again
You really ought to give Iowa a try." ~The Music Man

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penstate79 korthalspaul February 12 2014 at 9:54 AM

Hear that millie?

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The Ben February 12 2014 at 5:49 PM

Books are like people,
And people are like books,
You can't tell what's in them,
By the way they look!
Some tell of love
And adventures bold.
Some are full of hatred,
And hearts grown cold.
Some tell of happiness,
And of life well spent.
Some are perverted,
All crooked and bent.
So don't judge by looking
Just at the outside,
For it's only by reading
You'll find what they hide.
The Ben

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James M. Adams The Ben February 12 2014 at 5:59 PM

The piece described him as something of a strange bird. Being strange and being both wealthy and generous are not mutually exclusive.

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shenson1116 February 12 2014 at 5:46 PM

Uncle Bud!!

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debnaert February 12 2014 at 5:30 PM

Everything we have in life is JUST BORROWED............ when we die we pass it on.

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butch4shar February 12 2014 at 10:04 AM

WOW , talk about pay it forward !

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namaste.chi February 12 2014 at 10:12 AM

Everyone has a heart and a soul. Sometimes, we're afraid to share it with others and that is expressed in different ways. Some of us withdraw. Some of us are abrasive. Some of us are guarded or negative or whatever. Others only see these defense mechanisms in us and we only see defense mechanisms in them. None of these things reveal who we REALLY are.

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ChisnaAlaska namaste.chi February 12 2014 at 10:21 AM

Well said....

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turtleread February 12 2014 at 10:18 AM

I don't know why people are so stunned. Where do you think most of the early wealth of this country came from? From agricultural wealth, and it is still possible to create that wealth from the incredibly rich soils of the American Midwest.

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Paul turtleread February 12 2014 at 10:23 AM

And gov payments.

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