Charles David "Charlie Chuck" Brown (1949 - 2016)

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Charles "Charlie" "Chuck" David Brown, 66, of Vandalia, passed away, surrounded by his family, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2015, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials: Shriners' Hospitals for Children. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Brown was born on March 6, 1949, in Vandalia, the son of David J. "Sadie" and Eileen M. (Cross) Brown. He married Lynn Lunceford on Feb. 2, 1970, in Conway, S.C., prior to his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps.
After their marriage, the Browns moved back to Vandalia, where Charlie worked as a supervisor for Owens-Brockway Plastics and was also involved in several civic organizations. He was a member of Masons' Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. of Vandalia, Vandalia Old National Trail Shrine Club, AINAD Shriners of East St. Louis, Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 86, VFW Post 3862 of Vandalia and Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447. He was also a co-founder of Second Chance Animal Rescue in Vandalia.
Charlie was a loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather and brother, and a Marine Corps veteran. He was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, receiving several awards and citations, including Navy Cross, Bronze Star with Valor Insignia and two Purple Hearts.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Lynn; daughters, Stephanie Carter and special friend Kurt Allen of Ramsey, Amy and her husband Barry Lenderman of Brandenburg, Ky., and Brandi Bolyard and special friend David Bolyard of Vandalia; sisters, Tanna Brown and special friend Jerry Wall, and Andrea "Andy" and her husband Gene Hudson of Arnold, Mo.; grandchildren, Chad Brown, Jessica Willis, Jake Willis, Kourtney Bolyard and Hailey Lenderman; great-grandchild, Jarrett Brown; several nieces and nephews; and his devoted Doberman, Minnie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 5 to Jan. 13, 2016
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