Obituaries

Kansas State ag expert dies

Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, a revered ag policy expert from Kansas State University, Manhattan, died Tuesday morning in Topeka, Kan. He was 78 years old. Flinchbaugh was well-known and admired in his field, and was the third person to be honored with the Blanchfield Award from the American Bankers Association. [Continue]

Premier Banks founder dies

Donald B. Regan, founder and chair of Premier Banks, Maplewood, Minn., died at age 91 on Oct. 23, peacefully surrounded by family. He founded the bank in 1974 as Maplewood State Bank, which was the smallest of Minnesota’s 714 banks at the time with $1.5 million in capital and no clients. Now, Premier’s assets are at $1.1 billion, with $123 million in capital. [Continue]

Icon of agricultural banking dies

Frank Bruning, chairman emeritus of Bruning State Bank in Bruning, Neb., died June 1 after a fall at his home. Bruning began his life’s work in 1964, working in the bank his grandfather helped launch in the late 1800s. The bank was then called The German Bank, a nod to the family’s ancestry. The family changed the name of the bank to Bruning State Bank after World War I.  [Continue]