Grandpa Robert William Sedgley
Born July 13, 1917 in Storm Lake, Iowa to William Sedgley and Clara Lydia Cochran, the 4th of five children. Died January 16, 1989 in Denver, Colorado.
Bob served in the Air Force as a meteorologist and was a veteran of WW II where he served in Iwo Jima and Germany. Later in life, he was a geologist for Chevron. Bob met his first wife, Ruth Ann, in Chicago (see their story under her first photo). After Bob and Ruth divorced in the mid 1950s, Bob kept the children and married a Scottish woman, Mary. The family lived in Scotland and England until their divorce. He then married Elfrieda, whom he brought back to Colorado Springs. Bonnie remembers Mary fondly, but not Elfrieda. Bob married his final wife Alberta (Berta) in 1970, and they lived together in Denver until his death.
Having grown up in Iowa during the Great Depression, he was a frugal man. The ultimate recycler, he would go “dumpster diving,” and he commuted by bicycle to his job as a geologist in downtown Denver. His hobbies included collecting beer cans and doing puzzles.
Bob's maternal and paternal ancestors emigrated from England to New England as early as the 1630s and as late as the 1710s, with the exception of his mother's maternal grandparents who emigrated from Scotland to Dundee, Illinois in the 1840s. The earliest known reference to a Sedgley was in reference to an exchange of land in 866 AD belonging to Soeges lea in the area of Staffordshire.