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Category: News - Briefs Created: 08/24/2010 03:44 PM
URL(s):   Updated: 11/10/2012 12:54 AM
Gone West: Reuben Best, Jr.
First Inductee Into Bronco Hall of Fame Passes Away 8/23/2010
By Mike Whaley
Rube Best at BroncoFest V (July 2005) We are sad to have to report that Rube Best passed away on August 23, 2010 with family members at his side, as a result of complications of a stroke he suffered a week and a half before. Rube was a program manager and vice president at North American Rockwell and was instrumental in the success of the OV-10 Bronco program, spearheading the development of different variants including the D model that was widely used by the US Marine Corps. In October 2003, Rube was inducted into the Bronco Hall of Fame, the first person awarded this honor. Rube was a WW2 veteran of the USAAF, serving as a Staff Sergeant in the 398th Bombardment Squadron, 504th Bombardment Group, where he earned the Purple Heart by surviving a crash landing on Iwo Jima on April 24, 1945. Rube is survived by children Stephen Best CGD, Arthur Best, Denise DeCandia, and Kenneth Best, D.C. as well as five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three nephews. Reuben loved travelling with his family, football, and mentored youth in both football and the Boy Scouts. Our condolences and prayers go out to Rube's family and many friends.

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Updated Info On Services:

Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 28 from 10AM to Noon at Jutras Funeral Home in Amesbury, MA (978-388-0430) with burial with military honors immediately following the service at Bartlett Cemetery in Amesbury. The local florist is Greenier Design (978-388-9031). You can also contact Rube's son Ken Best for further info at

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