Marion banker honored for half-century in the business

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
Matthew Classen, senior vice- president of Marion National Bank has been honored by the Kansas Bankers Association for 50 years of service in the banking industry.


Classen, who grew up in Charleston, Ark., began his banking career in June, 1950, at First

National Bank in Fort Smith, Ark.


In 1954 he worked for three years as a national bank examiner in Kansas City, Mo., and Wichita.


From 1957 to 1963, he worked first as a consumer loan officer at Southwest National Bank, Wichita, and then as a loan officer at El Dorado National Bank.


He became Marion National Bank president and chief executive officer in 1963, and served as chairman of the board from 1996 to 2000.


He and his wife, Mary Kay, live in Marion. His son, Mike, is with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and daughter,

Karie, 11.


Classen’s daughter and husband, Sherry and James Buraman, live in Springfield, Mo., with their children, Chase, 10, and Kirsten, 7.


The 114-year-old KBA is a service group representing 98 percent of the banks in Kansas with 370 members.

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