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Terrence "Terry" James Best, 67, of Nevis, passed into eternal life Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

Terry was born Oct. 19, 1945 the son of Earl and Evelyn (Conly) Best in Minneapolis. In 1963, he graduated from Benilde High School in St. Louis Park. He attended Alexian Brothers School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill. and St. Francis School of Anesthesia in La Crosse, Wis., graduating in 1966.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 6, 1967 and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant Jan. 5, 1969. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

He was united in marriage to Mary Forcier July 17, 1993 in Mankato.

He began his career in 1969 at St. Francis Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In 1971, he moved to Urbana, Ill., working at Mercy Hospital. He moved to Mankato in 1976 and was employed by Mankato Anesthesia Associates until 2001 when he accepted a position with R.C. Shefland Anesthesia working at MeritCare in Bemidji and Lakewood Health in Staples.

He enjoyed gun collecting and shooting, model railroading, deer hunting, fishing, dancing, traveling and visiting children, grandchildren and Godchildren in Jamaica.

He was a member of the Nevis Church of Christ and Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 of Park Rapids. He was Commander of the Bemidji Northland Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and served as a Medical Officer from 1999-2009.

He is survived by his wife, Mary C. Best, of Nevis; six children, Michael Best, Shannon Van Amburgh, Charles Adams, Teresa Hanson, Ryan Best, Molly Best; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Robanza; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Evelyn Best; brother, Timothy Beebe; and Beth L. Best.

Visitation: 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Cease Chapel, Nevis.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Nevis Church of Christ with Pastor Paul Bowles officiating. Brian Solum of Bemidji will play "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipes.

Honorary casketbearer: Gabriel Van Amburgh.

Active casketbearers: Michael Best, Tony Hanson, Mark Van Amburgh, Charles and Christine Adams and Molly Best.

Interment: Bethel Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by the 934th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guard out of Minneapolis.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis/Park Rapids are in charge of arrangements, 732-7264. Leave online condolences at