Dec. 30, 1927 – March 30, 2014
Duane V. “Duke” Durphy, a retired National Fuel Gas supervisor, died Sunday in his Williamsville home. He was 86.
Born in Salamanca, he began working for Iroquois Gas in Salamanca in 1947. He retired from National Fuel Gas in 1992.
In the late 1950s, he and five friends bought an old one-room Amish schoolhouse and created a hunting retreat they called Maple Lodge in New Albion, Cattaraugus County. It is still enjoyed by hunters and fishermen from all over Western New York.
Before moving to Williamsville in 2007, he and his family lived in North Collins, Perrysburg, Youngstown and Getzville.
He was a member of the Amherst Senior Center and the Eastern Hills Mall walking group. He also enjoyed playing in euchre tournaments.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Audrey J. Scullion; four sons, Joseph, John “Jack,” James and Christopher; two daughters, Jeanne DiFazio and Barbara Rinaldi; a brother, Charles; a sister, Patricia Carter; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.