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Philip Ray, age 70, February 28, 2013, Demossville. Philip passed away Thursday surrounded by his loving family after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Covington, KY on April 20, 1942. Philip was a 1960 graduate of Simon Kenton High School. A Unites States Navy Veteran of 9 ½ 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, Fl. and 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, KY and EMT. 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 and his first born Son: Kevin Black and Brother: Samuel Black Jr. He is survived by his loving Wife of 49 years Ruth Carolyn nee McMillian Black, Daughter: Julie (Paul) Dargis, Son: Mark (Robin) Black, Grandchildren: Stephen, Andrew, and Lauren Black, and Olivia Dargis. Visitation will be held Monday, March 4, 2013 from 4-8 pm at the Peoples Funeral Home in Butler, KY. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under full military honors by the American Legion Post 109
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2013