GERALD "GERRY" GRATTON, 70, passed away at his home on Friday, June 13, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born June 9, 1944 in Peoria, Ill., a son of the late John and Stella Gratton. Gerry relocated to this area in 1971 after graduating from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. He founded and pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding, Ohio from 1971 to 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 Community Church. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Sandra "Sue" (Harpster); son, W. Steven Jones of Fort Wayne; and daughter, Angela Marie (Jones) and Tom Henry of Granger, Ind.; along with his best four-legged friend, Charlie; also his five grandchildren, Chelsea and Lindsey Jones of Butler, Ind. and Christian, Riley, and Rowen Henry of Granger, Ind.; sister, Marcia (Roger) Washburn of Peoria, Ill.; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert (Cathi) Harpster; as well as sister-in-law, Patricia (Tom) Elkington; and also by numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert. A Celebration of Life is 10 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at North Park Community Church, 7160 Flutter Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., with viewing one hour prior. Pastors Scott Qualls and Pete Kobe officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, Ind. Interment will follow the service at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, New Haven. In 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
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 14, 2014