Alfred Silva |

Alfred Silva

Graveside services for Alfred Earl Silva of Oakley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Forest View Cemetery on Red Dog Road in Nevada City.

Mr. Silva died Tuesday, Feb. 22, at home. He was 70.

He was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Grass Valley. He was a third-generation Silva to be born in Nevada County. He lived most of his life in Nevada County. He married Ruby Joyce Howell in October 1952 in Reno, Nev. He worked as a machinist for Aero Jet, a skidder operator for Robinson Timber, a horse hand for Ted Shapps, a ranch hand for Tom and Sally Dargey, a backhoe and dozer operator for Royce’s Backhoe Services, and as a heavy equipment operator and cow hand for Jess Ranch. He was a member of the Nevada County Grange, and Penn Valley Riders. He enjoyed his family, friends, horses and caring for live stock.

He is survived by his children Jan Machado of Oakley, and Michael Silva of Antioch; sister, Blanche Burtner of Grass Valley; grandchildren Stacey Silva of Eugene Ore., Sharlene Shepherd of Penn Valley, Teri Silva of Chico, Christina Silva of Grass Valley, Jeremiah Shepherd of Oakley, Karen Silva of Grass Valley, Colton Silva of Brentwood, RubyJane Coleman Silva of Anioch, Warren Hugi of Eugene, Ore., Leanna Hugi of Grass Valley, Terri Hugi of Grass Valley, and Joshua Coleman Los Angeles; great-grandchildren Shandra Kearney, Mia Madsen, Shane Madsen all of Eugene Ore., James Shepherd, Cheyenne Reusser, and Nathaneil Block all of Penn Valley, Kayla Wibberly of Grass Valley, Nadia Shepherd of Oakley, Ben Petter Jr. and Brandon Petter, and Molly Redford all of Grass Valley. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Silva; mother Florence Penner; father-in-law, Earl Howell; mother-in-law, Jewell Benson; wife, Joyce Silva; and sons Donald and Shane Silva.

Memorial contributions for the Silva family may be left at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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