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Philip Ray Black, 70 Print E-mail

Philip Ray Black, 70, of Demossville passed away at his home on Thursday,  February 28, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Philip was born in Covington, on April 20, 1942 and was a 1960 graduate of Simon Kenton High School. He was a United States Navy Veteran of nine and 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 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 EMT. Philip  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 and 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.

Preceding him  in death were parents, Sam and Neva Walcott Black; first born son, Kevin Black;  and brother, Samuel Black Jr.

Surviving are wife of 49 years,  Ruth Carolyn nee McMillian Black; daughter, Julie (Paul) Dargis; son, Mark (Robin) Black; and grandchildren, Stephen, Andrew,  Lauren Black and Olivia Dargis.

Funeral services will be held  at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Peoples Funeral Home, Butler.

Interment will take place at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under full military honors by the American Legion Post 109.