Brighton McKenzie, Jr.

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Brighton N. McKenzie, Jr., 70, of Freeburg, IL, born June 8, 1953, in Murphysboro, IL, died Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at his residence.

Mr. McKenzie was a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant and retired with honors after 24 years of service. Later in life, he was a volunteer bus driver and speed skating timer in the 2002 Utah Winter Olympics. He was an avid collector of Grateful Dead memorabilia and was especially fond of his Jerry Bears and Olympic pins. Brighton enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, computer games, riding motorcycles, and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Julia A. McKenzie, nee Tajalle, whom he married on June 23, 1973; his parents, Brighton and Verna, nee Cripps, McKenzie; a sister, Maxine Elder; and a brother-in-law, Irvin Reeves, Jr.

Surviving are a son, Brighton N. (Danielle) McKenzie III “Lil Mac”; a daughter, Andrea M. (Kris) Schneider, nee McKenzie; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester (Patti) Mckenzie;
a sister, Christine Reeves; and nieces and nephews.

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6 Comments on Brighton McKenzie, Jr.

Kathy Webb said : Guest Report Apr 09, 2024 at 10:56 AM

Lil Mac and Andrea. I realized I had not heard from your dad for a long time and was getting ready to DM him on Facebook only to realize he'd passed. I was saddened to find this out. He used to work for me at the phone company in Salt Lake. After he retired he periodically kept in touch via Facebook. I felt like I knew all of you because He'd talked about all of you often. Last time we communicated he said your mother had passed. I'm sure you miss them both terribly. Just wanted you reach out and tell you how sorry I am. Your dad was a great man and friend.

  • Salt Lake City
  • Utah
Barb Bishop said : Guest Report Jun 19, 2023 at 5:53 PM

I met Brighton back in high school. He was one of a kind. Was able to keep in touch periodically throughout the years. My deepest condolences to the entire family. He will be missed.

  • Linn
  • mO
Florence Galushka said : Guest Report Jun 18, 2023 at 5:20 PM

Andrea and Little Mac, Sending my prayerful, deepest condolences to you and your family and loved ones. Mom and dad were such loving, kind, gentle hearted, welcoming couple, they were always so helpful and loving to grandma and grandpa in Guam. They brought so much joy and peace in their hearts during difficult days...and gave much, love, care and support. Please know that you are all in my prayers and my entire family's prayers in our most Loving God and Father. Love, blessings, and prayers, Auntie Laling

  • Wyoming
  • PA
Jeannie Rosier said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2023 at 12:56 AM

My sincere condolences. Heavenly Father bless you all ❣️

  • Hagatna
  • Guam
L.Charles & Toni Pettit said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2023 at 1:28 PM

Knew Jr., B.N. McKenzie since 1966. We went into the Air Force under the delayed enlistment program while we were seniors in high School, served together in the Air Force at Andersen AFB, Guam. He and Julie were witnesses at our wedding 21 Feb 1974. We kept in touch over the years and got together in Colorado, Utah and Illinois. We love the family and will never forget either. Our deepest condolences , our thoughts and prayers are lifted up to you all!

  • Denver
  • Colorado
Rob jolliff said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2023 at 11:26 AM

I remember Brighton well from grade school days. Always a good guy with a nice smile. My State Park friends are very special.. Very special

  • Hot springs
  • Ar

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