Posted by IGN on September 23, 2018 08:23:48 George Walker, the South Dakota farmer who invented the corn stalks and the corn syrup that makes his company so famous, died on Thursday, according to his daughter, Erin Walker.
Walker was 84.
He was found in his home, a former grain mill in Lander, South Dakota, by his daughter in December.
He died of pneumonia, said Erin Walker, who is the president of the company.
Walker and his daughter worked at his farm, Knaus Berry Farm, for 30 years.
They were also involved in the production of the corn and other crops, Erin said.
He sold Knaus for $500,000 to the Lander County Board of Supervisors in 1988.
He also owned a farm in Texas.
He lived at a cabin on his farm and owned a home there.
He was also a farmer of horses and cattle.
He had three children, including a daughter named Maria, who was born in 2012.
Walker worked at Knaus after being laid off from his previous employer in 1986.
He bought Knaus to produce corn for the grain mill, Erin explained.
In 1993, he and his wife bought the farm and sold it to the farm that became George Walker & Co. in 2014.
In the process, he started a new career.
“I did this to make money, and that’s how I became successful,” he said.
“That’s how my daughter has done this.
She’s worked her entire life, and she’s a good person.”
The family has been raising money to make the farm more productive for the next generation, Erin added.
“We’ve raised enough money to give this to her family, and hopefully, she’ll get a college education.”
The farm employs more than 3,500 people.