Lt. Col. Donald Newton Cole, 68, a retired Army budget and finance officer who worked in the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service, died of cancer Friday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lived in Odenton, Md.

Col. Cole served in Europe during World War II and was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He served in occupied Germany after the war and in Korea and Japan during the Korean conflict.

He then returned to the United States and was assigned to the Inter-American Defense Board here. In the early 1960s, he was budget officer for the 8th Army in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He was budget and finance officer at Fort Meade from 1963 until his military retirement in 1967.

Col. Cole then worked for Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, budgeting funds for school lunch and food stamps programs, until his second retirement in June.

A native of Brooklin, Maine, he moved to Washington after graduating from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He worked for National Savings and Trust Bank here before entering the Army during World War II.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine E., and a daughter, Deborah T., both of Odenton; another daughter, Frederica Cole Shirey of Easton, Md., and a sister, Elizabeth Tyler of Brooklin.