DECATUR — Charles E. Brightman, 68, of Danville, formerly of Decatur, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, peacefully in his home.
He was born Feb. 19, 1946, in Lovington 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; daughters, Carrie (Steve) Kwilinski of Montevideo, Minn., and Elizabeth (Tomas) Brightman of Sartell, Minn.; brothers George Huckstep of Decatur, Bill Huckstep of Decatur, and Richard Huckstep of Sullivan; sister Linda Huckstep of Decatur; grandchildren, Jacob (Sarah} Nicholas, Mitchell, Mason, Riley, Ross, Nolan and 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; sister Margaret (Brightman) Boone and Brenda Huckstep.
Services to celebrate Charlie’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be at noon with Masonic rites on Monday, June 9, 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.
Please view the online obituary, send condolences and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.