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Ralph D. Best

Ralph Dean Best, 77, Corydon, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, as a result of an automobile crash on Jan. 19.
Born April 18, 1932, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Charles Dean and Helen Elizabeth Collings Best.
He was a retired teacher at Georgetown High School, Floyd Central High School and Prosser School of Technology, was a former inspector at Harrison County Planning and Zoning, was a past master and member of the Pisgah Lodge 32 F&AM, the New Albany and Corydon York Rite, Knights of the York Rite Cross of Honor, the Yeoman of York, charter recorder of Corydon Council 112, recipient of the ‘Recorder of the Year,’ by the grand council of Indiana, a past worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a founding board member and volunteer at the Gerdon Youth Center, a recipient of the WLKY Bell Award for outstanding volunteer service in 2003 and was an Army veteran of the Korean era.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd E. (Gene) Best.
Survivors include his wife, the former Sharron J. Sonner; a son, Timothy Patrick Best of Pasadena, Calif.; a daughter, Jennifer Dianne Best of Corydon; and a sister, Linda Riley of Edinburgh.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, after 9 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
Funeral: Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.
Officiant: The Rev. Webster Oglesby.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Ralph D. Best Memorial Scholarship Fund.