NEW HAVEN, Indiana — Gerald (Gerry) Gratton, 70, passed away at his home on Friday, June 13, 2014, after a brief illness.
was born on June 9, 1944, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of John and
Stella Gratton. Both preceded him in death, along with his brother,
Gerry relocated to this area in 1971 after graduating from
Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He founded and
pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding, Ohio, from 1971-1978
before retiring from Lincoln Financial Group in 2009 with 24 years of
service as a business analyst. However, he never retired from being a
faithful servant to the Lord and was an active member of North Park
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra “Sue” (Harpster); son:
W. Steven Jones of Ft. Wayne, and daughter: Angela Marie (Jones) and
Tom Henry of Granger, Indiana; along with his best four-legged friend,
Charlie. He has five grandchildren, Chelsea and Lindsey Jones of Butler,
Indiana, and Christian, Riley, and Rowen Henry of Granger, Indiana;
sister, Marcia (Roger) Washburn of Peoria, Illinois, and
brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert (Cathi) Harpster, as well as,
sister-in-law: Patricia (Tom) Elkington. He is also survived by numerous
nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be at E. Harper &
Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, Indiana, on June 15,
2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 and one hour prior to service at the church. A
celebration of life will be held at North Park Community Church at 7160
Flutter Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 10 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014,
with Pastors Scott Qualls and Pete Kobe officiating. Interment will
follow the service at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, New Haven.
lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to be made out to North Park
Community Church and will be designated for missionaries Tom Graef
(Romania) and David Drullinger, (South Africa). Memorials may also be
made to Loving Shepherd Ministries (Loving-Shepherd.org/donate) who
provide Homes of Hope for children in Haiti and Ethiopia.
To share online condolences go to www.harperfuneralhome.com.