1924 – 2014

AUBURN — Dwight L. Libby, 90, of Auburn, passed away on Monday, July 7, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

He was born in Auburn on March 18, 1924, a son of Harold A. and Sarah Wheeler Hobart. Dwight served in the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division from 1945-1946 in the World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign as a private first class, cannoneer. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. Because the war ended during the 15 months he served, a “hardship request” was made and granted for him to return home and work on the family dairy farm. He was granted an honorable discharge in July 1946.

Dwight married Arlene E. Washburn, “the girl next door,” on June 22, 1949. Arlene passed away in 1998, after 49 years of marriage and many years of working together to make the farm successful, hosting a busy, party-oriented full house of friends, families and neighbors!

Never to be forgotten, Dwight will be met by many as he goes through those pearly gates! Animal pets included! Dwight worked hard all his life as a dairy farmer with his brother, Roy, and his father, selling milk for years to Oakhurst Dairy and having a partnership with Ralph Robinson known as LIBRO Farms until 1989, at which time he sold all the stock and retired.

In 1990, Dwight and Arlene built a new home right in the middle of the cow pasture, across the road from the farm, and enjoyed many happy family times in their home.

He married Winnifred Faunce Littlefield in 2005 and enjoyed five years together, before Winnifred’s death.

Dwight is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Judy Vardamis and Dale Theriault and Diane and Bill Francoeur, all of Auburn; three grandsons, Jeffrey Francoeur of North Carolina, Joe Francoeur of Auburn and Tom Francoeur (presently serving his second tour in the Marines in Afghanistan) and his wife, Lilia, of Cherry Hill, N.C.; seven great-grandchildren, Libby and Kayle Francoeur, Jordon and Kaleb Francoeur, Johnathan and Matthew Francoeur and Andre Ruiz; his sister, Emily Croxford, of Poland; his brother, Clifford Libby and wife, Beatrice, of New Gloucester; a special cousin, Florence St. Louis, of Poland and Cape Coral, Fla.; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and his adopted Robinson family, Dawn, Meredith, Allen and Amanda.

Besides his parents and both wives, Dwight was predeceased by his son, D. Kendall Libby; two brothers, Lawrence and Roy Libby; an “adopted son,” Ralph Robinson; and several granddogs and grandcats, who he truly got a kick out of.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Dwight’s past caregivers in his home, April Belanger, Kim Walsh and Cyndie Lamoreau; and caregivers and the staff at the Androscoggin Hospice House and Marshwood.

And most importantly, loving thanks to Diane, Dwight’s daughter, for putting her life on hold these past three and half years to care for her Dad, especially the past eight months living with him 24/7 — to keep him home and well. Dwight loved sitting in his recliner in the sunroom, watching the neighbors and traffic going about their day.

He was loved. We will miss you horribly, Dad! There will be pie every day for you in Heaven!

You are invited to share your condolences with the Libby family by visiting their guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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