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Irwin "Gene" Best

January 9, 1936 ~ March 27, 2018 (age 82)

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Irwin E. “Gene” Best, 82, of Harrisville passed away at home March 27, 2018.

Gene was born January 9, 1936 in Pency, Monroe Township, Clarion County.  Gene was the son of
Chester G. Best and Cicel E. Redick Best. 

Gene graduated from Concord High in 1954.  After graduating he married Lois A. Shoup on May 1, 1956 in Winchester Virginia.  The couple enjoyed 54 years of marriage till Lois passing on September 4, 2010.  Together the couple had two daughters Vicky and Vera.  Gene served his country by enlisting in the Army from 1956 to 1959. 

Gene worked for Cooper Bessimer in Grove City for 20 years before fulfilling his dream of owning his own business. Gene proudly owned and operated National Hydraulics of Harrisville and also Best Lawn and Garden in Harrisville up until his retirement.  The joy of his life was his family.  Many hours spent fishing with his son in law Earl brought him great joy.  The family didn’t miss a Sunday night watching the Steelers play.  He enjoyed there company along with a home cooked meal.  He played golf whenever the weather permitted and was a past member of the golf leagues at Pine Grove and Shamrock Golf Courses.  He spent many hours holding his two pet cats Girty and Luke.  He was a former member of the Harrisville United Methodist Church as well.

Loved ones left to cherish his memory are his 2 daughters Vicky L. Shaw of Harrisville and Vera L. Allen and her husband Earl L. of Slippery Rock.  His grandson Jason Allen and his wife Nicole of Slippery Rock and his great grandson Ezra and Evan Allen.   Gene’s sister Valjean Shook of Florida.

Preceded in death by his parents and wife Lois also 4 brothers and 5 sisters.

Family will receive friends at the Jamison-McKinley Funeral Home, 117 North Main Street, Harrisville on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7-9.  Funeral services will take at the funeral home, Friday March 30, 2018 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Jon Clayburn officiating from Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Butler. 

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations in Gene’s memory be sent to Kindred Hospice, 3124 Wilmington Road, Ste. 108, New Castle PA 16105

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