Charles E. Brightman

DANVILLE, IL - Charles E. Brightman, 68, formerly of Decatur, Ill., passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born Feb. 19, 1946, in Lovington, Ill., to Harold and Edna Brightman, later to be raised by George E. "Pappy" and Edna Huckstep. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two tours in Vietnam. He worked hard as an owner operator truck driver. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, spending time with his family, grandchildren and grand-dogger Dora. He also had a passionate love for his four-legged fur babies. He was an artist, a musician, and a free-spirited soul. He never knew a stranger and remained very active in things that were dear to his heart.

He leaves behind his son, Sean (Tara) Brightman of Blue Mound, Ill.; daughters, Carrie (Steve) Kwilinski of Montevideo, Minn., and Elizabeth (Tomas) Brightman of Sartell, Minn.; brothers: George Huckstep of Decatur, Ill., Bill Huckstep of Decatur, Ill., and Richard Huckstep of Sullivan, Ill.; sister, Linda Huckstep of Decatur, Ill.; grandchildren: Jacob (Sarah) Nicholas, Mitchell, Mason, Riley, Ross, Nolan, Alissa; grand-dogger, Dora; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was reunited in heaven with his parents; brothers, Harold Brightman, Jim Brightman, Larry Huckstep, Keith Huckstep, and Gene Huckstep; and sisters, Margaret (Brightman) Boone and Brenda Huckstep.

Services to celebrate Charlie's life will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. with Masonic rites immediately following on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard.

Memorial donations may be directed to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial and/or Homeward Bound Pet Shelter.

The family of Charles E. Brightman is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 North Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Published in Print in The State Journal-Register on June 9, 2014