Eugene Earl Silva (Cheno), 81 of Kirtland New Mexico Passed away on November 9th, 2021 surrounded by his family. Eugene was born on August 24th, 1940 to Eugene and Senaida Silva in Gallup, New Mexico. He was one of 10 children. Eugene is survived by his wife Mary Helen of Kirtland New Mexico. He is survived by his 3 daughters RoseAnn (Clayborn) Scott, Renee (John) Davis, Rhonda (Jimmy) Dobson, and a son Felix (Francine) Anchondo. Sisters Ruby(Floyd) Powers, Rose Jean(David), Roberta (Lawerence)Gallegos. Brothers Gusty(Kathy) Silva, Arthur(Marie) Silva and Richard (Debbie) Silva. Sister in law Sadie Alston. On March 6th of 1960 he married the love of his life, Mary Helen Romero from Ignacio Colorado. The two remained married for 61 years. After they married they moved to Farmington and eventually ended up in Durango where he worked for the City as a Police officer. In 1964 they moved to California where he worked for Philco Ford as a welder. They didn't like being so far away from the family so they came back to Durango in 1970. Gene went back to the city a second time and eventually ended up leaving to go work for the Town of Ignacio as a Sheriff under George Manzanares who would become to be a brother to him.
In 1981 they moved to Kirtland, New Mexico. Eugene went on the road to work with ABF out of Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1984-1995. As a Teamster driver he traveled from coast to coast with double and triple trailers loaded with freight. Ultimately retiring from the company with over three million accident free driving miles and multiple awards.
When Gene and Mary were not at the casino on a Friday night dancing and spending time with his many "buddies" as he called them he was at one of his daughters homes to see what sweets he could make away with. Gene enjoyed spending time with family, especially the grandkids and great grandkids, also enjoyed his flowers and sitting in his front yard, music and his western movies
Whether you knew him as Eugene, Gene, Cheno or maybe his cb handle Navajo Joe you could not help but love him. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad and Grandpa
Grandchildren: Sherri Valdez, Richard Silva, Tamara (Mestas) Demadona, Chris Demadona, Eugene Silva-Davis, Vannity Kruge Matt Kruge, Dymond Avalos Daniel Avalos, Shanya Valentin Luis Valentin, Julian Silva-Davis, Tyler Dobson, Aubrey Townsend, Chris Townsend. Great Grandchildren: Joey Mestas, Jacqlene Mestas, Elias Lopez, Mariah Lopez, Carlos Peacock, Anthony Mestas, Nathaniel Silva, Mercadyz Silva, Vanessa Silva, Brianna Lucero Destiny Valdez, Alex Valdez, Alexis Valdez, Adrian Valentin, Roman Valentin, Zaydan Chenito Valentin, Daniel (DJ) Avalos Dalayna Avalo, Easton Townsend, and Paton Townsend.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry Silva, Gerald Silva and sister Ruth Ann Baldonado and in-laws Edumino and Mary Romero. Brother in law Charlie Romero.
Services will be held Saturday November 20,2021 at Farmington Funeral home 2111 Farmington west apache in Farmington NM.
Viewing will be at 10;00 am Rosary at 11:00 and services will be held after rosary. Burial will be at a later date.