Longtime Kissimmee architect and community leader, Charles H. “Chuck” Parsons passed away on November 16, 2019 in Kissimmee, Florida at the age of 89.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Chuck moved to Orlando with his family in 1936 and graduated from Orlando High School with future Astronaut John Young and often joking, “John went to the moon and I went to Kissimmee.” Chuck was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 and served with distinction in the Panama Canal Zone with the 549th Military Police Co. After completing his military service, Chuck graduated from the University of Florida School of Architecture in 1958 and then finetuned his architectural skills with various Orlando firms. Chuck Parsons became Osceola County’s first architect in 1962 opening his office in downtown Kissimmee. He practiced architecture for nearly sixty years designing countless buildings throughout Central Florida which included numerous motels, schools, and government buildings. Always active in the community, Chuck served on various planning and advisory boards and was President of the Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce when Walt Disney announced construction of Walt Disney World. Chuck, and his wife of 57 years, Dee, were avid boaters and went on the Kissimmee Boat A-cade 42 years in a row, cruising nearly every waterway in the Southeast. In addition to boating, Chuck enjoyed motorcycling and frequently rode the hills and curves of the North Carolina Mountains. Chuck was also a proud, active member of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee for 62 years. Chuck Parsons is survived by his daughter and three sons, Linda, Dale, Ray, and Keith, and their spouses, Curtis, Patty, Carolyn, and Patty. Chuck Parsons has 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 10:30AM at The Vine Church 1003 S. John Young Parkway Kissimmee, Florida 34741. In lieu of any flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Rotary Club of Kissimmee, Post Office Box 422185 Kissimmee, Florida 34742.
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