Joseph Black |

Joseph Black

Joseph Black, 92, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at CHI St. Vincent. He was born on July 19, 1923, at Corning, Kansas, and he moved at an early age to Woodland Park, Colorado. Joe graduated from Woodland Park High School in 1941.

In August, 1941, he joined the U.S. Army. In September of 1941, Joe was stationed in Hawaii at Fort Kamaha-Maha, where he served in the POA (Pacific Ocean Area). He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and was involved in several island campaigns. After being honorably discharged on June 4, 1945, he settled in New Castle, Colorado, where he worked in the timber industry. It was there that he met his future wife, Ruthie Littleton, and they were married in April, 1946. During that same year, Joe joined the American Legion, Post 164, in New Castle, Colorado. He served in all post offices and was also executive committeeman for the district. He also served in several other capacities in the community.

Joe went to work for Union Carbide in 1955 and transferred to Hot Springs in 1967. He retired from Union Carbide in 1982. Joe’s wife Ruthie preceded him in death on June 8, 2000. He has no other family survivors.

Service will be presented by American Legion, Post 164, and burial will be at High Land Cemetery. The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at

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