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Gregg Harris Jossie

12/22/1937 - 07/10/2023
Service Date: 07/22/2023
Service Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 360 S 5th St. Camp Verde AZ
Visitation Date: 07/21/2023
Visitation Time: 5:00 -7:00 pm
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 23121 N 67th Ave Glendale, AZ
Interment: Resthaven Park Cemetery

With deepest regrets we announce the passing of Gregg Harris Jossie, 85, on Monday, July 10, 2023. He died at Corinthian Assisted Living in Gilbert, AZ surrounded by family, several days after a stroke.

Gregg was born in Waterloo, Iowa on December 22, 1937 to Harland James Jossie and Janet Louise (Harris) Jossie. He enjoyed a fulfilling childhood with his folks, two sisters Shirley and Carol, many friends, and a pet rooster named Chick-chick. At age 19, he bought his first car, a 1957 Volkswagen beetle. Being weary of the long, cold winters of Iowa, he packed it up and drove to the opposite climate of Phoenix, Arizona to live with his grandparents Alfred and Augusta Harris. There he contacted a friend, Jim Norris, who introduced him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and baptized Gregg on September 6, 1958.

One Sunday at church he saw a beautiful young organist, Kathryn Chatwin, as she played prelude music. Gregg and Kathie were introduced and soon developed strong feelings for each other. But Gregg’s testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was also strong, and he wanted to serve a mission. He was called to the Northern California, Sacramento mission and served for two years, returning in 1962. On December 22, 1962, Gregg’s 25th birthday, he and Kathie were married in the Mesa, Arizona temple. They have been active in the church and faithful to their covenants for all 60 years of their marriage.

Their early married life included the typical challenges of work and housing. He joined the Air Force Reserves for a season, and worked for Honeywell as a draftsman as Kathie tapped into her sewing and music talents. Gregg attended some college, however decided to pursue his talents as a photographer and graphic designer. He succeeded and excelled as a freelancer in this field for over 40 years, working with many companies. One company, Dial Manufacturing, especially valued his work and finally convinced him to join their team full-time. He worked for Dial until his retirement in 2017 at the age of 79.

Gregg and Kathie’s first child, Kent, was born in 1964 followed by Kimberly in 1965. They bought their first house in Phoenix shortly after for just $16,000. Jennifer arrived in 1968. Troubles due to the RH factor began as the fourth pregnancy ended at 7 months with a stillborn girl they named Ann. Their next baby, Janna, also struggled with the same affliction, arriving premature in 1971 but was rescued by intense interventions and came home many weeks after birth. Their next daughter, Leah, was born on Easter Sunday in 1973 and died the same day. In 1977 Gregg and Kathie moved to a new house and soon welcomed Aaron, the miracle child, who, by the grace of God, had no RH effects. Sadly, their last child, Heather, also premature, succumbed just 3 hours after birth in 1979.

In 1988 they moved to Camp Verde, AZ and enjoyed the slower pace and cooler temperatures for the next 33 years. They were very active in the LDS community in Camp Verde where Gregg served as Bishop for 5 years.

He enjoyed several hobbies over the years including raising chickens and pigeons, collecting pocket knives, and of course cars. He especially loved Volkswagens and Porsches and is practically identified by his Porsche 914 on which he put over 600,000 miles. But, most of all he identified as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Gregg was a people-person. He could connect with anyone. He always took time to nurture those relationships and loved each and every person he knew. One of the things we will miss most is his quirky sense of humor and how he made all of us laugh. But more importantly how he made us feel special. He will be greatly missed by his huge circle of family and friends.

He is survived by Kathryn (wife); children: Kent (Kerry) Jossie, Kimberly (Matt) Leach, Jennifer (Bradley) Landseadel, and Aaron (Allison) Jossie; grandchildren: Samuel, Gregg, Brandon, Benjamin, John, Joshua, Laura, Erin, Kaitlyn, Joel, Ariana, Briana, Amanda, Spencer, Christian, Ann, Henry, Zoe, Thomas, Scott, Kathryn, Max, Mary, Penelope, and Jack; and 27 great-grandchildren with 4 on the way; sisters Shirley Huntbach and Carol Commins; Gregg was preceded in death by daughters Ann (stillborn, 1970), Leah (1973) and Heather (1979) in their infancy, and Janna Dayley (2022).

Arrangements are being handled by Bunker Family Funerals (480) 964-8686 (www.bunkerfuneral.com). An open house and viewing are scheduled for Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 PM at the LDS chapel, 23121 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ. Interment and grave dedication will take place on Saturday, July 22, at 10:00 AM at West Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6450 W. Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ. A memorial service will be held the same day from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the LDS chapel, 360 S 5th St, Camp Verde, AZ. All attendees are invited to stay for a social and dinner until 8:00 PM. If you wish, and in honor of Gregg, bring your favorite car to show off in the parking lot during the social!

Special thanks for the outstanding care provided by Gerry, Joann, Mylene and staff at Corinthian Assisted Living and the caring staff of Aegis Hospice. And heartfelt thanks from Gregg and the whole family to all the many friends for endless love and support.



Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Dad has passed away. He died peacefully at about 12:40 am. He was surrounded by family: me, Mom, Kim, Jenny, and Brad. We have all had tears but we are all at peace knowing this is a beautiful transition to the paradise of God.

  • On behalf of Dave Huntbach: “And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow (Alma 40:12).

    Plain and precious!”

  • On behalf of Laura Pack, “I love you all. Mom and Dad, thanks for keeping us all updated through all of this. I’ve felt the same peace. Thanks to Dave for sharing that beautiful scripture.

    It brings me so much joy knowing that he’s not only wrapped in our Savior’s arms now, but that he’s also reunited with Janna, and with Heather, Leah, and Ann (the three babies they lost in infancy) and of course his parents and all other friends and family who’ve gone on before him. He is not alone!”

  • Some people briefly come into our lives and soon move on. Others, like Gregg, come into our lives, brighten our days, lift us, inspire us, and leave their footprints on our hearts forever. I treasure my relationship with him. He is not gone . . . just gone ahead.

  • Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with each of us! Brother Jossie taught my husband Travis and I our Temple Prep classes. Gregg is someone we loved and are grateful our paths along this journey crossed and intertwined. Kathy, Travis still has the Piano tie for you! <3 We are sending so much love to each of you. Rest well Brother Jossie, well done thou good and faithful servant.

  • Bruce & Vicki Westover

    When I think of Gregg it’s his smile first! It was everything!!! loving, so friendly, welcoming, jubilant, no matter the setting, the circumstance! it just brought JOY to see him, & be with him.
    He loved our Lord, Jesus Christ & served Him faithfully. We’re grateful he is with Him now, free from pain & the turmoil of mortality. Knowing he is with his loved family & Heavenly Father & Mother enlarges our hearts with so much joy! For this knowledge & blessing we are comforted & so grateful for our Savior & the beautiful Plan of Salvation prepared by our Father in Heaven for ALL His children. May the Lord bless you Kathy & all your family. We love you
    and your Gregg!!!

  • Todd Overholt

    To my 2nd Dad 🙂 You will be missed. I cherish the time I had with you and even when those opportunities closed, you were always in my mind and heart. I think of those cool nights in Verde when we would head to the garage after dinner and just sit and talk. Sometimes we’d talk about your cars, sometimes about family, sometimes about the gospel. These were magical times that I will hold dear to my heart. Your humor and ability to poke fun at life was a true talent and it taught me that life is meant to enjoy and laugh at. Sending my love to the family at this difficult time. We lost a great man.

  • Gregg and I met at Dial Mfg. over 30 years ago. We instantly connected. And the laughter begin. A sweet, gentle soul. We stayed in touch all through the years. And for me it was a blessing to know him and have him in my life. I will never forget him. He helped me so many times, when I was going through some struggles. I will always hold those memories close to my heart.
    He was a good one. And I will smile every time I think of him.
    I pray for his family, as I know they will miss their Dad.

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