February 12th, 2014
11:15 AM ET

Eccentric Iowa Farmer Leaves Behind Millions

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," an eccentric Iowa farmer surprises his community by leaving behind millions after he passes away. CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.

Family and friends of the late Edwin Skalla use the words "loner" and "quirky" to describe the farmer who had few friends but many odd habits, like his penchant for painting his nickname 'Bud' in big letters on the roofs of his barns.

So you can imagine everyone's surprise when after Bud's death at 92, the executor of his estate revealed to neighboring churches what he had bequeathed to them.

All in all, an estimated $10 million worth of farm land to be doled out among churches and parishes in thirteen different western Iowa towns.

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  1. SoDakota

    why is it quirky to paint BUD on his roof? No more quirky than personalized car plates or Twitter accounts plastered with self-PR campaigns. Sad that he was a "loner". SUggests perhaps its the townspeople who were a bit stand offish, otherwise why would HE be the one giving and them receiving? LONERS don't care about others. Selfless people give without notice and it sounds like perhaps, he was the SELFLESS guy in town that they saw no "value" in until he died.

    February 15, 2014 at 11:57 am | Reply
  2. Dan Simonds

    It sounds like this was a man that wanted to be noticed by the community he loved. Maybe they will take the time to know who he WAS now. I hope those communities will honor him by not wasting his life savings.

    February 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  3. V

    I hope the parishes become "good stewards of the land" and treat this gift with responsibility and not just sell it to the highest bidder who could use the land to further hurt our food supply. Grass roots efforts against Monsanto should take notice of this opportunity.

    February 13, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • SoDakota

      too bad most who want grass fed live in cities & contribute to the smog, not the ownership and stewardship of rural pasture lands - or the cost of converting back to native grasses.

      February 15, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
  4. judgex

    If more people did this instead of giving it all to ungrateful, squandering, wasteful individual children, our communities would be much stronger... and things like richkidsofinstagram wouldn't exist.

    February 13, 2014 at 11:13 am | Reply

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