Former Juneau resident Glen Ralph Benjamin Parker, 95, died July 23, 2004, at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, Wash.
Born in Skagway on Sept. 18, 1908, he was the youngest child of Abraham Lincoln and Edith Arminthea (Haines) Parker. The family moved to Douglas for work in the Treadwell Mine in 1913 and homesteaded in Gustavus after the cave-in of the mine in 1917. He married Nell Rebecca Crowell on the family front porch on June 10, 1938, and was granted his own homestead in the same year.
Living back and forth between Juneau and Gustavus, he was employed at many different jobs, the more recent being with the U.S. Forest Service, as a commercial fisherman, and with the Alaska Department of Highways in Gustavus, from which he retired in 1973. In Gustavus he was known by his "Big Red" four wheeler and his signature orange knit hat. He was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God church in Juneau from its beginnings.
His family wrote that he was an unassuming man with a third-grade education, which "did not slow him from being inventive and creative for everyday challenges. Being everybody's friend and great storyteller, he displayed his kind and sharing heart. He was the last of the original generation of Gustavus and will be missed greatly."
He was preceded in death by his wife in October 1983; parents; sisters, Eunice Cliff and May Chase; and brothers, Charlie, Albert and Leslie Parker.
He is survived by his daughter, Marguerite (Jim) Neyens of Everson, Wash.; grandsons, Jeremy (Emilee) Neyens of Ferndale, Wash., Benjamin (Tammy) Neyens of Everson, Wash.; great-grandson, Parker John Neyens of Ferndale, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
A remembrance service will be held Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Juneau Christian Center, followed by a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Gustavus Chapel.
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