Charles S. Parker, 91, of Masons Island, Mystic, died peacefully on Oct. 16, 2009, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Parker was born on March 11, 1918, in the Newburyport, Mass., home of his parents, George and Ethel Genevieve Parker. He was the youngest of six children. He was educated in the Newburyport schools and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1939 with a degree in business management. Following college, he courted a young woman working in New York City, Jane Woodward. They were married in 1944. During World War II, Mr. Parker served in several theaters as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Notably, he commanded engineer troops during the construction of the Alcan Highway running from Alaska to Canada, a remarkable engineering feat. Mr. Parker returned to Alaska in 1980 with his son, Ted, revisiting many of the sites along the highway. He was something of a celebrity in the towns he stopped with his collection of black and white snapshots of the construction of the highway. Mr. Parker also served with the U.S. Army Engineers in Europe and participated in the occupation of Japan in 1945. Returning to the U.S. following the end of World War II, Mr. Parker worked in sales management positions with American Bosch Corp., at first in Michigan and then in Springfield, Mass. After the companyâ??Ã?Ã´s German parent corporation downsized its U.S. operations, Mr. Parker pursued a number of sales and related positions in New England. The family resided in Longmeadow, Mass., for many years. In 1975 Mr. Parker and his wife moved to Masons Island, where they previously had been summer residents. They participated actively in the Masons Island Yacht Club and socialized with many friends in Mystic. He was a longtime member of the â??Ã?ÃºRomeo Club.â??Ã?Ã¹ He and his wife were members of the Mystic Congregational Church. Mr. Parker spent his final years at Avalon Health Center. His children express their appreciation to the staff at Avalon for the excellent care he received. Mr. Parker is survived by his four children, Stephen, Lynn, Elizabeth, and Theodore; by 11 grandchildren; and by numerous nephews and nieces. His wife, Jane Woodward Parker, predeceased him in 2007. Burial in Elm Grove Cemetery will be private. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic. Those wishing to make a contribution in his memory may make a gift to The Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, the National Parkinson Foundation, or another organization of their choice. The Parker family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to share an online message of condolence.