Charles Dean ‘Charlie’ Brightwell

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Charles Dean “Charlie” Brightwell, 40, of Marshall, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall with William W. Harlow officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. To honor Charlie, it is requested that everyone wear casual attire and if you have a racing shirt, please wear it. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. An online guestbook is available at

Born May 6, 1979, in Marshall, he was the son of Ronnie Dean Brightwell, who survives of Sunrise Beach, and Janet Strodtmann Dierking, who survives of Marshall. Charlie lived in Marshall most of his life and was a 1997 graduate of Marshall High School and a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He attended Linn State Technical College where he earned his Automotive Service Excellence degree. Charlie worked at Coreslab in Marshall where he was employed for nearly 13 years and a member of Union Local 663. Anyone who knew Charlie knew that one of his greatest passions was sprint car racing, and anything to do with racing.

In addition to his mother, Janet, and his father, Ronnie (Sheila); he is survived by two daughters, Adyson Renea Brightwell (Taylor) of Marshall and Alexis Powell (Cole) of Columbia; one grandson, Abram Anderson; three siblings, Jeremy Dean Brightwell of Marshall, Tiffany Mullins (Nathan) of Sedalia and Timothey Dean Brightwell (Leslie) of Archie; four nephews, C.J., Isaac, Xavier and William; two nieces, Shaunna and Kennedy; a great-niece and great-nephew; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Charlie was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Henry and Edna Strodtmann; paternal grandparents, John and Pauline Brightwell; and an aunt, Donna Mushaney.