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Tilford Gene Horelica

March 13, 1938 — February 20, 2021

Tilford Gene Horelica passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 in Katy, Tx at the age of 82.  He was born in Wharton, Texas to Alfred and Lillie Kramr Horelica on March 13. 1938.

He graduated from Wharton High School and later joined the Navy and served our country honorably for four years.  After returning home he worked for the Wharton Police Department. He then move to Houston where he worked for TRW Mission and Drill Quip International until his retirement.  Both jobs sent him to five continents where he made many friends.  He always came home with interesting stories that he loved sharing with family on holidays.  Everyone loved listening to them, and they will continue to be told by family members for many years.

After his wife’s death, he moved to his home in Matagorda, that he and Autrey built together.  Tilford was a man of many talents.  He love the outdoors, going fishing, hunting and was also an excellent cook.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Autrey Jean Bridges Horelica.

His is survived by his sons, Ronald Bridges of Houston and Glenn Bridges and wife, Angel of Katy; three grandsons Blake, Morgan and Taylor; two granddaughters, Nicole and Lexie.  Also, his three sisters, Doris Brown and husband, Ed of Converse, Betty Petersen and husband, Don of Lake Jackson and Willie Mae Pinchback and husband, Tony of El Campo.

Tilford will be missed by family and friends.  He was truly and gentle giant with a beautiful soul.

A Private family graveside will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, family request contributions be made to American Diabetes Association.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

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