Dresden-Donald J. Simpson, 68, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home in Dresden on Tuesday April 12th. He was born in Allentown, PA on December 10th, 1953 to Donald L. Simpson and Patricia A. Ehrig-Simpson.
After 8 years serving in Germany as a US Army medic, he graduated from USM with a nursing degree to continue his life-long journey of caring for others. His two-decades in healthcare led him to his true calling at VBA (Veterans’ Benefits Administration) Togus, where he spent another 20 years determinedly advocating for countless veterans to receive the full benefits they deserved. During that time he spent three years at the VA-US Embassy Manilla,
Philippines, where he worked with expatriated Americans. Don retired in 2020 during the pandemic yet couldn’t stay away from helping others and went back to volunteer at the hospital. His family is immensely proud of his work.
He is predeceased by his parents and survived by his wife Julia Fleming Simpson, her children Brandon Jellison and wife Ugne Aleknaite-Jellison and their children Vytautas and Saule; Lucas Jellison and partner Hannah Corkum; Kyle Jellison and wife Moriah Jellison and their children William and Hannah; as well as his siblings Gary Simpson and wife Jan Reichert, sister Samantha Cambron, sister Stacy Frizzle-Edgerton and husband Jonathan Edgerton and Stacy’s daughters
Daphne Frizzle, Juliet Frizzle and Violet Frizzle and his niece Mia Clark and her husband Neil Genel.
Don was a family man through and through and enjoyed cooking, gatherings, working in the yard, running the geese off his pond and sharing his farm, food and good cheer with others. He was an extremely loving and generous man who gave unconditionally and hosted constantly. He was a mainstay of an extensive social group, “The Dresden Elders” and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday April 15th from 2-4pm. Graveside services will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30th at 2pm at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd. Augusta.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society or the Maine Veterans’ Home, (mainevets.org)