BEST USAF Maj. (Ret.) Richard Allen Best, age 74 of Springfield, OH, passed away Jan. 7, 2017. He was born Nov. 19, 1942 in Cincinnati, the son of the late Walter R. and Charlotte M. (Relly) Best. Richard retired from service in the US Air Force and was employed as a defense contractor at Wright-Patterson AFB. Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Stancheff), who he married on April 1, 1967; three children, Jeffrey Allen Best, Julie Ann (James) Blakeman, Jereme Allen (Mandy) Best; three grandchildren; two sisters; as well as numerous other extended family. The family will receive friends on Mon. Jan. 16, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, where a funeral service will be held on Tues. Jan. 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM. Burial with full military honors will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery and Arboretum in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North College Hill Historical Society, Enon United Methodist Church -or- Trinity United Church of Christ. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com .
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