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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Dwane T. "Tuffy" Willborn

February 22, 1937February 7, 2020
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Dwane T. “Tuffy” Willborn, 82 of Victoria went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 7, 2020. He was born in Kenedy, TX to James W. and Effie Matthews Willborn on February 22, 1937. Tuffy was employed by DuPont and retired as a supervisor after many years, he was also a member of Northside Baptist Church. He loved sports, and was the star player at Kenedy High School. He loved playing softball and played on numerous teams over the years. Continuing his love of sports he officiated for both football and basketball. Tuffy was an avid woodworker and fisherman, spending many hours with his best friend John Novak and he always cherished the time he could take his grandsons fishing. He loved his family and friends and was always there for everyone. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joy Gilley Willborn; sons, Scott (Debra) Willborn of Katy, Chris (Darlene) Willborn of Victoria, David (Robert Garcia) Willborn of Goliad and six grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Tuffy was preceded in death by a sister, Merlene Duffer. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. The funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mickey Ewing officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Novak, Adam Willborn, Zachary Willborn, Cameron Gomez, Garrett Gomez, Michaela Willborn, Maxton Garcia and Kyle Daniels. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Joy Gilley Willborn, Wife of 63 years
  • Scott (Debra) Willborn, Son and spouse
  • Chris (Darlene) Willborn, Son and spouse
  • David (Robert Garcia) Willborn, Son and spouse
  • James W. Willborn, Father (deceased)
  • Effie Matthews Willborn, Mother (deceased)
  • Merlene Duffer, Sister (deceased)
  • Mr. Willborn is loved and cherished by six grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Novak
  • Adam Willborn
  • Zachary Willborn
  • Cameron Gomez
  • Garrett Gomez
  • Michaela Willborn
  • Maxton Garcia
  • Kyle Daniels

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Memories

Dwane T. "Tuffy" Willborn

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Dawn Williamson

February 22, 2020

Great times at Northside Baptist.Thank you ,Tuffy for sharing your family and life with us .You will be greatly missed by the John Duke Family.Love to all of the Willborn clan.

Mike Guilbeaux

February 21, 2020

I worked with Tuffy at the Victoria Dupont plant for a number of years. It was always a pleasure to see him when visited our Control Room. We also worked together on the plants Emergency brigade.
There are many fond memories and he will be greatly missed.

My condolences to the family,
Michael Guilbeaux

DJ Schneider

February 12, 2020

Tuffy was my trainer at Dupont, 516 area, when I first started my employment. I remember him being like a big brother to me. He helped make me feel welcome and was always ready to assist me as a new operator. I am honored to have called him my friend.
DJ Schneider

Kim Kurtz

February 11, 2020

My deepest condolences and prayers for the entire family. Tuffy was part of the DeTar Health Center early morning workout crew that I had the pleasure of opening the doors for. He was a great friend to all and will be greatly missed. I always had to remind that crew to workout first, then have coffee in the kitchen...Tuffy is now enjoying his heavenly home with our Savior, may his memories remain in our hearts and bring us all peace.

Red Decas

February 10, 2020

We have a lot of good memories of a great guy and classmate..

Darlene Willborn

February 9, 2020

I will never forget all the years we spent at River Haven, swimming, swinging from the rope into the river, tubbing down the river, all the BBQ's & the time we hung out with family/friends during hundreds of weekends - those were great times 🤗 You will forever be in our hearts Tuffy. We love you so much 💞 Chris & Darlene

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Biography

Dwane T. “Tuffy” Willborn, 82 of Victoria went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 7, 2020. He was born in Kenedy, TX to James W. and Effie Matthews Willborn on February 22, 1937. Tuffy was employed by DuPont and retired as a supervisor after many years, he was also a member of Northside Baptist Church. He loved sports, and was the star player at Kenedy High School. He loved playing softball and played on numerous teams over the years. Continuing his love of sports he officiated for both football and basketball. Tuffy was an avid woodworker and fisherman, spending many hours with his best friend John Novak and he always cherished the time he could take his grandsons fishing.
He loved his family and friends and was always there for everyone.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joy Gilley Willborn; sons, Scott (Debra) Willborn of Katy, Chris (Darlene) Willborn of Victoria, David (Robert Garcia) Willborn of Goliad and six grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Tuffy was preceded in death by a sister, Merlene Duffer.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. The funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mickey Ewing officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Novak, Adam Willborn, Zachary Willborn, Cameron Gomez, Garrett Gomez, Michaela Willborn, Maxton Garcia and Kyle Daniels.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.