Soldotna resident Aubrey Gene Best died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. He died from complications following hip replacement surgery. He was 63.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at the Soldotna Church of God at 2 p.m. Robert Meyer will officiate. An open house will follow at the home of Scott and Sheila Best.
Mr. Best was born March 12, 1938, in Edinburg, Texas. He was the son of Eva and Fred Best.
He graduated from Edinburg High School in Texas. He then joined the army and served in Korea as a communications engineer. He served six years in the army and army reserves.
He and his wife of 34 years, Yvonne (Truesdell) lived in various states prior to moving to Alaska in 1974. While in Alaska he worked in the oil field for Brinkerhoff/Grace for 22 years. He also worked for Pollard Wireline.
Mr. Best was well know for his love of his family, especially his grandchildren and for his love of fishing, hunting and watching the Dallas Cowboys play on television. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles, telling colorful jokes and answering all the questions on game shows.
"He was loved by all that knew him and loved everyone he knew. Never did he meet a stranger. There was never a kid who walked by who didn't get picked on a little bit. He was the king of making the best out of a bad situation. We only hope to live up to his expectations for us," his family said.
Mr. Best was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gary Best, and a sister, Gloria Best, all of Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; brothers Harold, Joe and Jimmy Best and sister Vicky Faries, all of Texas; and by his children and children-in-law LaDonna Best, Scott and Sheila Best, and Kevin and Lisa Best, all of Soldotna; and stepchildren Buddy and Lynn Best of Georgia and Jonetta Best of New Mexico. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brittany, Tanner, Dalton, Stephanie and Andrea (Pooter), all of Soldotna; Amanda, Tabitha and Anthony, all of New Mexico; Buddy and Faith of Georgia; and Austin of Florida. He also has three great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his special friends Donnie and Shirley Simmons and numerous extended family members and friends.
Arrangements were made by Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle, Wash.
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