WINTHROP -- Duane Leroy Butterfield, 61, passed away July 27, 2011, at the Hospice House in Auburn, after a courageous battle with colon cancer, with his family by his side. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born March 26, 1950, the son of Paul and Alberta (Smith) Butterfield. \r\r\n\r\r\nDuane grew up in Monmouth and was educated in the Monmouth school system. He started work for Chick Orchards in the late 1960's and, in 1972, he met his best friend, Pat, and they were married in January of 1972. He enjoyed his job with Chick Orchards a great deal and continued working there up until they closed. He then took employment with Cooper Brothers and finally, Maine Apple, until his illness forced him to retire. \r\r\n\r\r\nDuane loved working in the apple industry and had a passion for his flowers, taking great pride in all his flower beds. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed watching NASCAR and football. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pat (Rodrick) Butterfield; his two sons, Wayne L. Butterfield of Monmouth and David L. Butterfield and his wife, Amanda, of Glenburn; his two grandchildren, Madison and Brandon; as well as two sisters and a brother. \r\r\n\r\r\nDuane's family would like to say a special thanks to a great family friend, Jack Everett, who was there for them a great deal, and to the staff at Central Maine Medical Center and the Hospice House for all the wonderful care they gave to Duane. \r\r\n\r\r\nAt Duane's request, there will be no viewing or funeral services. In celebration of his life, family and friends are invited to attend a time of remembrance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Manchester Lions Club, Route 17, Manchester. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be made to the family. Please make checks payable to Wayne Butterfield and mail to Kennebec Savings Bank, 84 Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364. \r\r\n\r\r\nArrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop. \r\r\n\r\r\nCondolences to the family may be expressed at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.