BANGOR – Donald C. Thompson, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, in Gorham, after a valiant and courageous 10-year battle with cancer. Don was a strong advocate directing his care, researching the many different options and types of treatment available. He was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Presque Isle, the son of Donald E. and Annie E. Giggey Thompson. After graduating from Presque Isle High School in 1947, Don joined the U.S. Army serving until 1951. He then went on to serve in the Army Reserve and the Maine National Guard retiring as a lieutenant colonel. On Sept. 18, 1952, he married Thelma Dennett in Presque Isle, where they made their home until 1973 when they moved to Bangor. Don began his career at Farrar Brown in 1951 and then joined the U.S. Postal Service retiring as an auditor in April 1990. Don’s interests were many. He was a golfer, an avid reader, crossword aficionado, movie buff, and one of the Price is Right’s biggest fans. During golf season you would find him on the course with his many golfing buddies. He is survived by his wife of 55 years; two daughters, Susan Ward and her friend, Marcia Searle, of Portland and Patricia and her husband, George Egbert, of Gorham; one son, Michael and his wife, Cara Thompson, of Apex, N.C.; five grandchildren, Dr. Jessica Ward of Ithaca, N.Y., Kyle and Natalie Egbert of Gorham and Amy and Holly Thompson of Apex, N.C.; two brothers, Robert Thompson of Memphis, Tenn. and Rodney Thompson and his wife, Martha Grant, of Presque Isle. At the families request visiting hours will be private. A funeral service with Military Honors will be held noon Friday, Oct. 21, at the Chapel of the New Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, with the Rev. Larry Greer officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Don’s memory to Cancercare of Maine, care of EMMC Charities, P.O. Box 404, Bangor, ME 04402-0404, Hospice of Southern Maine, 901 Washington Ave. Suite 104, Portland, ME 04103, Hospice of Maine, 519 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04103. Arrangements are under the direction of the Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.