Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years



February 2, 2022

Elton R. Best, 92, of Staunton, Ill., beloved husband, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. He was born in Staunton on Aug. 2, 1929, the son of Charles R. and Carrie E. (Hebenstreit) Best. He married Norma J. Sherfy on June 16, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Staunton.

Elton worked at Kroger's as a meat cutter for many years and then at Bahn Grocery Store in Staunton as well. He was a member of 1st Assembly of God in Litchfield. He enjoyed singing and playing drums in his church. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, his beloved dog, Ginger, and his two grand-pups, Joey and Peewee.

Along with his wife, Norma, he is survived by a daughter, Dawn (Dennis) Kieffer of Staunton; four grandchildren, Kory (Tammy) Best, Lindsey (fiancé Micah Reitz) Wulfing, and Tony Kieffer; and seven great-grandchildren. Elton was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry Best; a grandson, Tyler Best; and three brothers, Kenneth Best, Gilbert Best, and Wilbert Best.

There will be no services.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors project. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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