James Best Sr.

James Best Sr.

September 14, 1940 January 30, 2021

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Obituary for James Crawford Best Sr.

James Crawford Best, Sr., 80, of Leesport, passed away on January 30, 2021, at Country Meadows, Wyomissing. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann (Reider) Best, who resides at the home that James crafted and built himself.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, James was the son of the late Dr. Crawford James Best and Juliet (Havy) Best. James was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended Kutztown State College. He then went on to serve in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

James was later self-employed as an electrician for 12 years, then worked for Dana Corporation for over 20 years, followed by Denny's Electric for several years. In his free time, he loved to give back to the community by using his handyman skills. He was a long-time member of the Bern Township Lions Club and was an instrumental part in maintaining the Bern Township pool.

When James wasn’t working around the house or fixing up the pool, he enjoyed traveling all over the country in his motor home. Some destinations that James adventured to include most of the continental US, Alaska, Nova Scotia, and several provinces in Canada. One of his all-time favorite trips was the drive from PA to Key West, Florida with his wife and family, as his children were growing up.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children: Christina M. Kistler, wife of Thad, Wyomissing; James C. Best, Jr., "Jamie," husband of Melissa Fisher, Leesport; and Michael P. Best, husband of Jennifer (Klikus) Best, Leesport. He is also survived by one sister, Suzanna Ricci, Frederick, MD, and four grandchildren: Savannah Kistler, Brock Kistler, Tyler Best and Hunter Best. He was predeceased by one sibling, Thirza Best.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Services are to follow at 11:00am. All events will take place at the Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bern Township Lions Club, PO Box 236, Leesport, PA 19533. Condolences may be expressed at

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    March 13, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    March 13, 2021
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    February 13, 2021 | 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    February 13, 2021
    Fr. Dennis Reid

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John B Sylvester

To the Family of Jim Best: I regret that I just learned of Jim's passing last evening....being away with family.....I am sad to hear this and well remember fun & great times with Jim....also coming to his home in Leesport and playing the piano while he played his violin...we traveled a bit in his Chrysler 300 - making late nite trips to the NJ shore...I can explain that another time...much fun but like everything the time slips by too quickly.....please accept my sincere sympathy and a prayer for Jim's peaceful rest in Our Lord's merciful embrace...I will not forget our friendship. I trust your own memories will ease your sorrow.
Be well & God bless....John B Sylvester
Comment | Posted at 04:41pm via Condolence

John B Sylvester

I neglected to add we were CCHS Classmates, '59 !
Posted at 04:42pm

Greg Schoenebeck

To the Best Family,
My sincere condolences. You guys were our country “neighbors” and our extended family for me. Your father was a great man and I’m saddened to hear of his passing. Many great times at the house, pool, and pit. Miss you guys very much and I pray that you find peace. Take care and know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg Schoenebeck
Comment | Posted at 09:49pm via Condolence

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