Gerald Duane Best, the son of Harry O. and Nora C. (Mahle) Best, was born April 28, 1931, near Denbigh. He died at the age of 82 on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
Gerald was raised in the rural Denbigh/Towner area and completed his education in Towner. He was united in marriage to Elsie Moen on May 5, 1949, at Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Towner. To this union four children were born.
Gerald ranched most of his life and had a love for his cattle and horses. He also worked for various ranchers and a few local gas stations. He was a shop foreman at McGuire’s in Rugby, did seismograph work and worked on the Garrison Dam. For 30 years he worked for the North Dakota State Board of Animal Health at various sale barns as a brucellosis back tagger.
He was a loving husband, devoted father, wonderful brother, caring grandfather and a great friend to many. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren were very dear to him. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting about the good ol’ days and sharing his knowledge on fixing tractors, haying equipment, vehicles and anything else that would need fixing on the ranch.
He will be greatly missed.
Gerald is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Elsie, of Denbigh; a daughter, Gloria Coyne, of Surrey; sons, Ronald (Marcia) and Galen (Lana), both of Denbigh; grandchildren, Kim Dilley, Jon (Verna) Mahle, Gail (Terry) Mahle, Lynnette (Jesse) Vollmer, Scott (Melanie) Best, Anthony (Kristie) Best, Sutton Best and Ryan (Casey) Best; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce (Pat) McKenzie, of Rolette; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, David Kent, at birth; a son-in-law, John Coyne; and his parents.
Funeral services: Will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner, with burial in the Union Cemetery, Towner. Wally Fretland and Pastor Linda Wimmer will officiate.
Visitation: Will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, with a time of prayer and sharing of memories at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home, Towner. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Monday.
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