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Sen. Moran Statement on the Passing of Cecil O’Brate


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement on the passing of philanthropist Cecil O’Brate:


“Cecil was a farmer, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, and a good friend and mentor. He was a strong advocate for southwest Kansas and held an extraordinary commitment to help others succeed. Through his investments in the southwest Kansas community, support for various organizations in Kansas and across the country, and generous scholarships, Cecil and his wife, Frances, have positively transformed countless lives. I have no doubt the O’Brate Foundation will continue to provide educational opportunities to Kansans for years to come.


“To nearly everyone Cecil met, he would share that there was no substitute for an honest day’s work, an inquisitive mind, and a desire to always do more. His life was a testament to these principles, lived out each day with authenticity and purpose.


“Robba and I are praying for his wife of 76 years, Frances, his four sons, Patrick, Michael, Steve, and Mark, and the entire O’Brate family.”