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Kenneth L. Best, 96, of Bartonville, Illinois, passed away peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral, Florida. He was born on March 26, 1921 in Webster City, Iowa to Glen and Mary Escoe (Price) Best. He married Eleanor Miller on September 15, 1946 in Peoria. She survives.
He has four children, Carl (Rita) Best of Bartonville, Cynthia (Gary) Baldwin of Glasford, Peggy Best of the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and Patricia Best of the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ryan and Miranda Baldwin, Kevin and Karla Best; three great grandchildren, Tara Homan, Brock and Reagan Best. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth and Kimberly Best and one great grandson, Tyler Best.
Kenneth was an arborist and former owner of the Best Tree Service for over 37 years retiring in 1983. He was a WW II Army Air Corp Veteran. He is a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #1220 in Peoria, Peoria Elks Lodge, Illinois Masonic Lodge #263 A.F.& A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria, Mohammed Temple Shrine, Legion of Honor of the Shrine, He was the past Great Lakes Commander of the Legion of Honor, former Boy Scout Master of Troop #14, Past President of the Oak Grove PTA, Past President of the Oak Grove School Board, Past President and member of the Limestone High School Board, member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a Past President of the church council, he was appointed by the Peoria Mayor to be on the Peoria City Beautiful Council. He was a member of the National Arborist Association, International Society of Arborculture, Past President of the Midwest International Society of Arborculture, Central Illinois Horticulture Association. He was an avid fisherman and hunter all of his life.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Peoria. The Revs Steven Tibbetts and Michael Jones will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Graveside services will be at 2 pm at the Oakview Cemetery near Armington, Illinois. Memorials may be made to T.A. P.S. The Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel is handling arrangements. You may create an online condolence at