EFREN SILVA Efren Ortiz Silva passed away on January 29, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio. Born on June 19, 1948 in Laguna, Philippines to Tomas and Manuela Silva, Efren studied at Feati University in Manila and the Laguna Institute in Calamba, Philippines. He was one year away from graduating when he had the opportunity to start a new life in Guam and work as a barber in the 1970's. In Guam he met and married his soul mate and partner for life Nolita Ronquillo in 1974. A very hardworking man, Efren worked two jobs for the majority of his pre-retirement time. On the weekdays he contributed to the overall success of Foremost Co., Guam's premiere dairy company, and on the weekends he worked as a barber at the Navy Exchange. In 2003, he suffered a stroke which led to his retirement from it all. Efren and Nolita began their new journey with son, Rodney, who became their primary caretaker. Through his Air Force career, Rodney was able to fulfill Efren's love of traveling and showed him the world. He visited the storied city of Pompeii in Italy, was able to view the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre and touched his first dolphin on a trip to the Cayman Islands. From climbing the steps of ancient Parthenon in Greece, walking along the pyramids of Egypt, and drinking coffee under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Efren was always looking at his world map and planning his next trip. In 2020 before the world shut down, he took his dream trip to New York where he immersed himself in the New York culture at Times Square and he scaled the One World Trade Center, forever connecting him to the spirit that is America. Efren was a proud man who worked tirelessly in his early years to ensure his family was well taken care of. He loved his five grandchildren and spoiled them to no end, had an affinity for dogs (especially Chewy, Zoe, and Yuki) and enjoyed virtually connecting with friends and family. An incredibly generous man, Efren was always willing to help family in need no matter the circumstance. His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his wife of 47 years, Nolita; son, Rodney (spouse Marjorie, grandkids Kaden and Ethan); daughter Kelley (Spouse Albert, grandkids Aliyah, Xander and Madison); siblings Adelisa, Ellie, Divina, and Vener; and extended family and friends from all over the world. Funeral Services to begin with Visitation at 8:30 a.m., Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. and burial to follow at Palm Eastern Mortuary. Please join the Funeral Service at 10:00 am virtually at http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/47747/hash:A2AE6FEEA896BFF9
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 12, 2021.