Ronald Best

Ronald Merlyn Best, age 67, of Aplington, Iowa was born the son of Mervin and Verna (Groeneveld) Best on February 23, 1954, in Waterloo, Iowa. He was baptized into the Christian faith at the Aplington Baptist Church in Aplington, Iowa in 1964. He received his education from the Aplington High School and graduated in 1972. During the summer of 1971 he was a foreign exchange student in Germany. He later furthered his education at the University of Northern Iowa for two years and then went on to graduate with an associate’s degree from the Business Institute of Technology in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Ron lived in the Cedar Falls and New Hartford area and worked for John Deere from 1974 to 1976. He then moved to rural Aplington to work on the family farm with his father. On June 16, 2013, Ron was united in marriage with Terri Sue Pruisner, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison, Iowa. He retired from farming in 2018.
Ron was a faithful member of the Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he sang for many years in the church choir and men’s quartet, served as a trustee, elder, and was a Sunday school superintendent.
Ron also loved singing and was a former member of the Proud Image Chorus in Waterloo for many years. He enjoyed fishing, especially making trips up to Minnesota at Big Winnie and Bow String Shores. Some of his favorite things were John Deere tractors and his dogs. He especially enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s ball games and music concerts.
Ron passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Tristar Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, due to complications of COVID-19. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Claire Byl and one brother-in-law, Dean Propst.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 8 years, Terri Best of Aplington; three daughters, Jamie (Shannon) Reinke of Geneva, Kelley (Shawn) Rotgers of Ackley, and Angela Best (Craig Bailey) of Iowa Falls; one son, Christopher (Christon) Best of Winona, Minnesota; three step-sons, Nicholas (Sarah) Wiegmann of Allison, Michael (Samantha) Wiegmann of Mason City, and Logan Wiegmann of Waterloo; 10 grand-children, Ben Reinke, Nick Reinke, KaiCee Rotgers, Trinity Rotgers, Jenna Rotgers, Addyson Best, Gabrielle Best, Taylor Wiegmann, Ava Wiegmann, Ryne Wiegmann, and one grandson on the way; three sisters-in-law, Sonja Pruisner, Cheryl Propst, and Vicki (Dick) Koehler; and three nephews and their families, Scott (Melody) Byl, Kevin (Katrina) Byl, and Jeremy (Hilary Cameron) Byl and many cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington. Pastor Doug Hull will officiate the service. Organist will be Leneé Pollock and she will be accompanying the congregation as they sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. Randy Aalderks will sing “I Can Only Imagine” and “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone”, and Russ Meyer will sing “Come To Jesus” and “Always Be A Child”. Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Aplington, with Trinity Rotgers, Jenna Rotgers, Ben Reinke and Nick Reinke serving as Urnbearers. Honorary Urnbearers will be KaiCee Rotgers, Taylor Wiegmann, Addyson Best, Ava Wiegmann, Gabrielle Best and Ryne Wiegmann.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 10, 2021, at the Aplington Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Aplington. Memorials may be directed to the family. Redman Funeral & Cremation Services in Aplington is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


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