HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa farmer who died in November has left assets totaling millions of dollars to 13 Catholic churches.
The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/1ewmjTs ) Bud Skalla, of Portsmouth, was a thrifty man who never married and worked hard to build up his farm.
When he died Nov. 26 at age 92, he had cash and farmland totaling up to $10 million.
Raymond Chipman, a friend and co-executor of Skalla’s estate, says he left most of his wealth to 13 churches in western Iowa.
Skalla also left some money to relatives, including two sisters and a sister-in-law.
St. Mary Catholic Church in Portsmouth will receive the largest portion.
The Rev. John Dorton, of St. Mary, says Skalla was a man who “never forgot his home or his church.”
Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com