PRESQUE ISLE – Richard D. Downing, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 23, 1932, in Presque Isle, son of Clarence Thibeau and Marguerite Downing.

He served in the U.S. Army. Richard worked as an office manager for Bridge Construction Co., Presque Isle, for many years. He was a past member of Presque Isle Elks. He loved to read and loved his dogs, Molly and Lacy. Richard’s favorite saying was “keep it simple.”

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Davenport) Downing of Presque Isle; daughter, Pamela Johnson and her husband, Loring, of Fort Fairfield; stepson, Levi Soucier and his wife, Lisa, of Presque Isle; two sisters, Carolan “Kay” Strout of Presque Isle and Cynthia Bradfield of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren, Jason Noelke and his wife, Angela, Dana, Megan and Daniel Soucier, all of Presque Isle; two great-grandchildren, Cyrus and Bella; sister-in-law, Devona Downing; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Downing; and stepson, Dale Soucier.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Online condolences may be expressed at