Donald R. Brightwell

February 7, 2021

Donald R. Brightwell, 56, of Frankfort, died February 7, 2021 at his home following an illness.  He was born October 2, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri to Donald & Madeline Carol (Gray) Brightwell.  He married Samantha Diane Robinson on July 15, 1988 and she survives.

Don was a 1982 graduate of Lakeview High School in Decatur, IL.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  He was a member of the Carpenters Union, Local 215 and loved working construction.  Don was of the Southern Baptist faith.  He loved his job and enjoyed fishing, camping, and having a good time.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. No services are planned. Memorial donations may be made to Tippecanoe County Habitat for Humanity, 420 S 1st St., Lafayette, IN 47905. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Survived by:

Wife: Samantha Brightwell of Frankfort, 3 Sons: Shane (Rebecca) Brightwell of Lafayette, Job David (Ashley) Brightwell of Minier, IL, Justin R. Brightwell of Frankfort, 2 Daughters: Amber (Terence) Mallory of Plano, IL, Holly (Cory) McGinnis of Minier, IL, Parents: Donald & Madeline Brightwell, Sister: Linda Carol (William) Spires of Chatham, IL, 14 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild.


Leave your Condolences

14 Condolences for “Donald R. Brightwell”

  1. Jessica Anderson February 8, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Praying for comfort and peace as you begin to heal. It’s never easy loosing a loved one. Praying that you find ways each day to continue his legacy and ways to remember things about him. Love you all.

  2. Teresa Vincent February 8, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to Sam and all his family. You will be missed Don. Fly high my friend!

  3. Terry and Shelina Mallory February 8, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Brightwell and Mallory families at this most difficult time. May God send his Holy Spirit to comfort you with loving happy memories of Don.

  4. Donna Jansberg February 8, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Sam, Uncle Don, Aunt Madeline and Linda, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love Donna Brightwell-Jansberg

  5. Lori Leach February 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories and talks with Donny. Donny, your always be my favorite. I love you and will miss you. Samantha and family, I love you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers and big hugs to you all.

  6. Jeanie Bray February 8, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Oh no! Don was a great guy. Only the good die young. My thoughts are with you and your family. Jeanie Bray

  7. Taylor Mallory February 8, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Hi, I am the brother-in-law of Amber Mallory and I send my deepest condolences and prayers to Donnie’s family and friends.

    Taylor Mallory

  8. Richard Wallsmith February 9, 2021 at 8:15 am

    I’d like to just say that it was great to have known Donnie & his wife Sam back when we were all playing softball at TPA way back when! May he rest in peace.

  9. Rhonda Louks February 9, 2021 at 10:48 am

    My condolences my friend. He was a good guy. I remember him always being and doing what you needed. He had a heart of gold. Prayers for peace.

  10. Cathy McKinzie February 9, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Sam, You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

  11. Candy Minniear February 9, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy!
    Justin….always enjoyed your visits to the office. I could always depend on you and your Dad to help with any projects. RIP Brother.
    Love to all
    Your Union Sister

  12. Amber Reed( Stinson) February 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Shane, Justin and Sam, I’m so sorry for your loss. Donny was a great guy. I remember he would always do whatever he could to make us kids laugh or give us a hard time whenever the old gang was over hanging out. He was also there to kick us in the ass if we needed it too! He will be missed. May your family find strength and peace in comfort in each other in the days, weeks and months to come. May Donny Rest In Peace.

  13. Carpenters Local 215 February 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    The brothers and sisters of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 215 express our deepest sympathy for the loss of our brother carpenter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Local 215
    Lafayette IN

  14. Chuck Yost February 26, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a good carpenter and fellow brother of the local 215.

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