Obituary for Joseph ‘Joe’ Paul Sedgeman

Joseph “Joe” Paul Sedgeman, of Thatcher, passed away March 11, 2020, at the age of 66. He was born Jan. 26, 1954, in Yokohama, Japan to parents Jospeh Sedgeman, Jr. and Elvera Bacho Sedgeman and his brother, Brian.

Joe graduated from Bisbee High School in 1971 and went on to Eastern Arizona College, graduating in 1973. After meeting the love of his life, Joe married Lori Lynn Gray in the Catholic Church in Morenci on May 11, 1979,  and from that union came two children, Lisa and Michael.

Joe began working in the Morenci mine in 1973, starting the apprenticeship program in 1980 and graduating with an outstanding apprenticeship award for a light-duty mechanic. He also worked at the Morenci Bowling Alley, where he met the love of his life, Lori. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed bowling, coin collecting, metal detecting, gold panning hoping to find that gold nugget, casino gambling, gardening, going to the movies, going out to eat, and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was so proud of the fact that he was able to bowl two 300 games; one at the Morenci Lanes and one at the Safford Lanes.

Joseph Sedgeman

In 2016, Joe retired from FMI and began enjoying being with his family more. In 2019, he and Lori went on an Alaskan Cruise for their 40th wedding anniversary, something he’d always wanted to do.  Joe truly loved his family and his church. He was a hard worker and was a dedicated loving family man. He was known for saying “You always have a dream, and you should always have a goal”.

 He is survived by his loving wife, Lori Sedgeman; his daughter, Lisa (Lance) Shurtz, and his son Michael (Carissa) Sedgeman. He is also survived by his father, Joseph Sedgeman, Jr.; his brother, Brian (Letty) Sedgeman; his brothers-in-law, Wayne (Edwina) Gray and Gary (Ingrid) Gray; his mother-in-law, Joyce Gray; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and his favorite pets, Rocky and Molly.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Elvera Sedgeman; his father-in-law, Paul Gray, and his grandparents.

Services for Joe will be held Friday, March 20, at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with a viewing starting at 10 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., with Father Nicodemus Shaghel, V.C.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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