Robert Newton "Bob" Black, 93, of Columbus, Kan., passed away at 1:56 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following a short illness.
Bob was born October 24, 1923, in Liberal, Mo., the son of Harold R. and Sarah C. (Yoke) Black. Bob was lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Liberal High School. Bob was a veteran of World War II.
On February 25, 1944 Bob married Leah Fudge in Girard, Kan.; she preceded him in death on December 16, 2011.
Bob worked in his early years as a farmer; later an independent business man and later an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Bob was a member of the First Christian Church in Columbus; American Legion, Columbus; VFW, Columbus; Columbus City Council Member; on the Bone Creek Reservoir Committee; known as an outdoorsman; avid gardener; Chiefs and Royals fan and was inducted into the Liberal High School Football Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his children, Robert Stanton "Stan" Black and wife, Marilyn, of Estes Park, Colo., and Billie M. Diehl and husband, J.C., of Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren, Sarah Black and David Harthcock, of Denver, Colo., Katy Hill and husband, Casey, of Oxford, Mich., and Kristina Marlow and husband, John, of Bowling Green, Ky.; and great-grandchildren, Brady and Peighton Hill. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, Wynona Stahl.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, January 5, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, in Columbus, with Pastor Dennis Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Park Cemetery in Columbus. Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus.
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