He was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Tilsit, Mo., son of Gustav and Lydia Burgfeld Best. He and Marie Radin were married Oct. 2, 1940, in Cape Girardeau. She died Jan. 5, 2005.
Best farmed southwest of Gordonville for many years and worked at the former Superior Electric Co. in Cape Girardeau. He retired in 1982 as a supervisor after 27 years.
In 1988 he moved to Jackson and became a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ. He was the custodian for the church from 1989 through 2003 and a member of the Men's Brotherhood.
Survivors include two daughters, Wilma Edmonds of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Norma Thieret of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; a brother, Marvin Best of Cape Girardeau; and a sister, Esther Hennecke of Jackson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Oberbeck.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and after noon Wednesday at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery near Cape Girardeau.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.