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Albert  Best

Albert M. Best

Saturday, September 20th, 1919 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Obituary

Albert Marlin Best, 99, was born September 20, 1919 at Knox, PA. He was the son of George and Ada Master Best. He died June 26, 2019 at the Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster PA

He graduated from Emlenton High School in 1937 and worked his way through Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1942 with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.

He married F. Jane Evans of New Holland on June 15, 1946. Their family includes David and Janet Best, Spencerport, NY; Barbara and Paul Ruskin, State College PA; Nancy and Gary Bennett, Lancaster, PA; Susan Best and Francis Talarowski, Philadelphia PA; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. His sister, Hazel Fleming, died in 1977.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland; serving on numerous committees. He was also an associate member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA.

He began a forty- year career with New Holland Machine Company, retiring in 1982 as Director of Worldwide Engineering Research from Sperry, New Holland. He held 28 patents in farm equipment when he retired.

He was an active member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers since 1942. As president from 1979-1980, he led 15 ASAE members to China for a 21-day trip at the invitation of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Machinery. He served eight years on the Agricultural Advisory Council to the Dean of Agriculture at PSU. He was a member of two honorary fraternities and listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Engineering.

He served his community as a president of the Kiwanis Club in 1954; and was treasurer of the New Holland School Board during its transition to Eastern Lancaster County School District. He was also served on the New Holland Borough Water and Sewer Authority 1972-1994, chairing from 1982-1993.

He enjoyed outdoor activities and owned and operated a Christmas tree farm, selling trees to local and regional clubs. His passion was woodworking and he made over sixty pieces of furniture for his family, including 29 Windsor chairs and nine tall case clock cases. Each clock had a unique movement and painted dial.

He was kind and fair; and his droll sense of humor was enjoyed by those who knew him well. He was a gentleman.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6th, at 9:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 El Main St., New Holland with the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Oberkehr officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 9-9:30 am.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 9:00am - 9:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    221 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 9:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 9:30am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    221 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Dr. Charles H. Oberkehr
  • Interment

    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
    Address
    221 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: New Holland Young Researcher Award, ASABE Foundtion.

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Annie Filer

Posted at 05:55pm
David, Barbie, Nancy, Susie (that's what you were to us!), My brother John Brubaker sent me the obituary of your father's recent passing, and it brought back a flood of memories. We were your next-door neighbors on Earl Avenue in the 50's before you moved a couple streets over to Kutz Avenue. Somewhere I've seen an old photo of us playing under a hose in our bathing suits (or less!), probably just David and Barbie then. I also remember our mothers sharing recipes and forgotten ingredients across the back porch.
I remember your dad as an engineer at New Holland Machine Company. This lovely obituary filled in the gaps of his very accomplished life. At that time our dad had a jewelry store on Main Street. We moved to Florida in 1963 after I finished 10th grade, right after Johnny graduated from Garden Spot. I remember in junior high often sitting behind David, since Brubaker followed Best. I also definitely remember Janet.
For the past 40 years I have lived in a small town called Twisp, in Washington State. I have regularly kept in touch with Connie Greer, who was my teacher for the second half of 6th grade. I'm not sure if David was in that class. Johnny lives in Lancaster and spent his career tuning pianos all over the county.
With fond memories of being neighbors in our childhood, of a very special earlier era in New Holland, and.... my condolences to you all in losing your father,
Annie B. Filer (formerly Anne Brubaker)
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Trent Delp

Posted at 09:49am
To David and the rest of the Best family. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. My he Rest in Peace.
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