Joel D. Best (1962 — 2022)

Joel D. Best, age 59, of Blakeslee, Ohio, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at his home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. Joel was an auto body repairman at Dietsch Sales and Service in Edgerton for 18 years. He was a member of the Florence Township Fire Department from 1980-1990, coached junior high baseball and football, raced modifieds and go-karts for many years and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Joel D. Best was born July 10, 1962, in Hicksville, Ohio, the son of Dean and Diane (Dangler) Best. He was a 1980 graduate of Edon High School. Joel married Jodie A. Barry in Bryan, Ohio, on May 17, 1991, and she survives.

Joel is also survived by his daughters, Amanda (Ryan) Beck of West Unity, Britni (Cody) Chrisman of Blakeslee, Candace (Justin) Emerson of Mansfield, Texas, and Mihkaya Best of Toledo; son, Jared Best of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Andyn and Raace Haynes, Tatym, Sophie and Tyler Beck, Corbin and Jaxson Chrisman and Ava Emerson; mother, Diane Best of Blakeslee; sisters, Elizabeth Smith of Savannah, Georgia, and Deena Best of Defiance; brother, Jeremy (Jennifer) Best of Crestview, Ohio; and his dog, Axel “Rufus” Best. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Best.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at the Krill Funeral Home, 204 W. Indiana St., Edon, with Pastor Larry Snavely officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Blakeslee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Community Health Professionals Home Health & Hospice.

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