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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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welcome Richard February 12 2014 at 2:48 PM

He showed that those who judged him in life didn't know what was in his heart.

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granaryst February 12 2014 at 11:10 AM

Almost everyone knows and says, don't judge someone by their appearance but everyone does to a greater or lessor degree.

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Josie February 12 2014 at 1:14 PM

Some people are humble in life. And they usually only keep to themselves because they are shy, or do not wan t to be judged for how they live. If people cannot respect this man for what he has done, then you have no respect for yourselves.. And that is quite a shame. So sad to see so many people judging this man for what he did. And to say it was his way of buying a seat into Heaven? Well... that is for God to decide.. Not you! :/

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Sandy February 12 2014 at 1:01 PM

What a wonderful surprise for the people of these counties and communities!!

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al12exb February 12 2014 at 8:24 AM


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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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smesnyrwj February 12 2014 at 8:28 AM

Pizzaman is correct. I own over 1200 acres and it is taxed on an ag-based value not residential or commercial values. That is beside the point. Taxing entities do not need more money to waste.

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sfedhgwy smesnyrwj February 12 2014 at 9:02 AM

the government needs the money to pay for your crop insurance.

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dendav1955 sfedhgwy February 12 2014 at 9:40 AM

the government needs to gey out of everyones business

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Nancy February 12 2014 at 12:34 PM

He sounded happy with himself. He appeared to have no need for stuff to build his ego.

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kaliboose February 12 2014 at 11:24 AM

Have Your Say. Why they don't keep the land? farm it , give the residents jobs and utilize the profits for good? that gift could give forever.

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Chris February 12 2014 at 8:31 AM

Amen, brother!

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