W. Iowa farmer donates millions to 13 churches

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.”

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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