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Ray Silva

Ray Silva Ray Silva, age 87, of Manhattan, died Thursday November 1, 2018 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born on April 26, 1931 in Manhattan, the son of Emmett and Gavina (Escobar) Silva. He grew up in the Manhattan area and graduated with the Manhattan High School Class of 1949.

Ray served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He earned many awards during his service time, including the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Camp Stars, United Nations Service Medal with Overseas Service, the Purple Heart and the Medical Badge.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Joann in 1989. Also he was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Silva; his brother, David Silva and his sister, Margaret Casey.

He was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Also he was a lifetime member of the D.A.V.

Ray is survived by his siblings: Walden Silva (Louise), of Council Grove, Carmen Amaro “Mickey”, of Manhattan, Frank Silva, of Newton, and Emma Thompson (Roger) of Naples, New York. His step-children: Jerry Martin (Texas), Earl Martin (California) and Doris Smith Topeka. Also he is survived by his many nieces and nephews and many other family members.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday November 5, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. The Rosary will be recited following the visitation at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, with Father Merlin Kieffer as Celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow the service in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray are suggest to the Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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