Frank Silva

02/17/1926 - 05/07/2015 Obituary
Frank Silva Obituary
Frank G. Silva was born Feb 17, 1926 in San Gabriel Valley, CA. He went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2015. He passed peacefully at his home in Bakersfield, CA with his wife Rose by his side.
A viewing will be held at the Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA on Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 3PM to 7PM. A Funeral service will be at the Harvest Christian Church 6228 Coffee Rd on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11AM. Burial will follow at the Bakersfield National Cemetery.
He is survived by his devoted wife Rose, who he loved unconditionally, her daughter Delphine (Andrew) Lopez, son John (Maria) Sandoval, son David, son Joseph (Saundra) Sandoval, and daughter Stella (Ramon) Santoyo. Frank was preceded in death by his son Frank Silva Jr.. He is survived by his son Jacob (Cheryl) Silva, daughter Brenda (Juan) Melendez and daughter in law Maribel Silva from his first marriage. He is also survived by 22 Grandchildren and 35 Great Grandchildren.
Frank served as a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952, where he sustained injuries and was awarded metals for his service. Frank accompanied by Joseph was invited in 2003 by South Korean to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the end of the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Rohr, Inc. in Riverside, CA for 37 years, where he assembled airplanes and was a shop steward for the Machinist Local #164. He retired in 1991 and moved to Bakersfield, CA where he married and made his home with Rose.
Thus began some of the greatest and richest adventures of his life. The joy and laughter he shared with his wife, family and extended church family was a sight to behold. He along with Rose opened their home to all. He shared his passion for completing beautiful puzzles, wood work, and his delicious burritos. Frank was a member of the Harvest Christian Church for over 24 years. He loved and was loved by his church family. Pat Harrelson, his pastor, called him "Moses" out of respect for his Elder status in church, as well as his passion as a believer of our Lord and his Savior Jesus Christ.
The family wishes to thank Gentiva Hospice's staff for their care and compassion. We are forever grateful to our nurse Gidget and home health aide Claudia. We owe a deep gratitude to Ray and Lupe Garza for their friendship and devotion in caring for our Dad. We thank them for always being there for Frank, Rose and our family.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 12, 2015
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