Philip Ray Black, 70, of Demossville, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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He was born in Covington on April 20, 1942.
He was a 1960 graduate of Simon Kenton High School. A Unites States Navy Veteran of nine and a half years, serving on aircraft carrier USS. Independence as part of the Naval blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, also stationed at Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla. and a Vietnam War veteran serving on aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in 1967.
During his tour off the Coast of Vietnam, he survived a devastating fire aboard the Forrestal that still remains the worst Naval disaster since World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Post 109. He was a fire fighter with the Greater Cincinnati Airport Fire Department, a Boone County Fire Marshal, Founder of the Florence Rescue, Director of Disaster and Relief Services for Boone County and an Emergency Medical Technician. He retired as a truck driver for Roadway Express after 26 years of accident free service in 2002. He was awarded Kentucky Colonel at age 32 for his work in ambulance and fire fighting. Philip was a man that made a difference, saved lives, witnessed history and never bragged about it but his close friends and family will always remember the true hero he was.
Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Neva Walcott Black, his first born son, Kevin Black and brother, Samuel Black Jr.
Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Ruth Carolyn Nee McMillian Black; a son, Mark (Robin) Black; a daughter, Julie (Paul) Dargis; grandchildren, Stephen, Andrew and Lauren Black and Olivia Dargis.
Funeral services were held on March 5 at the Peoples Funeral Home in Butler. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under full military honors by the American Legion Post 109.
Published in Grant County News from March 7 to March 11, 2013