McPHERSON, KAN.- Feb. 26, 2013 - Former Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) President Ivan Wyatt passed away Monday at the age of 83. Wyatt served as KFU's President from 1981-2000 and Vice President and Lobbyist from 1973-1981.
Wyatt first joined Kansas Farmers Union in the early 1960s. He was instrumental in establishing the charter for Chase County Farmers Union and served as the President for several years.
Recently retired KFU Executive Director Emil Mushrush remembers Wyatt as a person who "worked hard and strongly believed in family farms and traditional farmers. He really did walk the walk, and talk the talk."
Mushrush said Wyatt's "strongest point was lobbying in Topeka and working on the issues. His number one issue was keeping corporations out of agriculture, as well as fair farm prices."
"He worked on strong corporate farming laws, some of which are under attack in Topeka now, so that corporations couldn't take over family farms," Mushrush said.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St, Cottonwood Falls, KS, 620-273-6311.
Kansas Farmers Union expresses their thoughts and condolences to Wyatt's family. KFU will be putting together a memorial article for the March/April Kansas Kontact.