Best, Lewis Burton

Lewis Burton Best “It’s A Burton-Best Thing”

Lewis Burton Best, Age 101, of Wilmington, Delaware

Born in Elsmere, Wilmington, DE on November 23, 1920, Beloved husband of the late June E. Burton.

He was one of six children and is survived by Anna Best, retired missionary serving in Africa, living in Chambersburg PA, Dennis and Christine Steele of Wilmington DE, (grandchildren Kathleen Steele and Michael Salamone), Bil Burton of Oregon, (grandchildren Sara Ashmore and Willamet Burton), Michael & Linda Burton of Cape May County NJ, (grandchild James Quinn) Ronald Burton of Landenburg PA, Thomas Burton of Newark DE, grandchildren (Thomas Burton Jr./Anna Marie DalBello) and great-grandchildren (Thomas III and Aria). Additionally, there were nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends.

His mother was Pennsylvania Dutch and his father William Best and friends established Wilmington Church of the Brethern Wilmington DE.

Lew graduated from Conrad High School. He joined the DE Air Force National Guard at age 20 and sent to the Air Force base in Florida, later deployed during the war to be a dispatcher. After 5 years he returned to DE and employed by DuPont in Edgemoor and Newport, retiring in 1979.

He was a member of the Mid-town Senior Center, Bellevue Senior Center and Claymont Senior Center. Quite active he played piano, organ and guitar and met June when he volunteered to help out in the skit of South Pacific, while June was dressed as a sailor, he agreed to don a grass skirt and coconut shell bra. Marriage followed; she was 81 and he was 90. Together they also enjoyed bowling Friday’s at the Pleasant Hill Bowling Lanes and entertaining at local nursing homes with songs and skits.

His final resting place will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, next to his beloved June.

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