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Bert Silva
A rosary was held Sunday at Allen Mortuary for Bert Silva, 79, of Ceres. He died July 26, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Burial was Monday at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.

Born July 23, 1931 in Hughson to Antonio and Mary Silva, Bert served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. For 48 years he drove trucks for several companies. Mr. Silva also was a reserve police officer for the city of Oakdale. Bert was a member of the Modesto Veterans of Foreign War Post 3199 and also served as Honor Guard. He was also affiliated with the American Legion of Turlock, Turlock Sportsman's Club, California Striped Bass Association, American Truck Historical Society of Central Coast, International Teamsters Retirees, and served as president of the Portuguese St. Anthony's Celebration of Pismo Beach.

He leaves behind his wife, Norma Silva of Ceres; his four children, Gilbert Silva of Modesto, Roy Silva of Hughson, Jack Silva of El Sobranto, and Cathy Bauer of Riverbank; his step-daughter, Tami Drayer of Stockton; two sisters, Loraine Pires of Sunnyvale, and Belle LaCross of Riverbank; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, He was preceded in death by daughter Mary Silva, parents Antonio and Mary Silva, brothers Joseph Silva and Tony Silva, and step-son John Drayer.

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-Ceres Courier/ August 4, 2010