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Erich Kratzer, 73, of Dalton, went home to be with the Lord after an eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away at home on Feb. 23, 2018, with his family by his side.

Erich was born June 15, 1944, to the late George and Sally (Hershberger) Kratzer. He married Lauri (Amstutz) Kratzer on April 24, 1970. He lived his whole life in the Kidron/Dalton area and was an active member at Kidron Mennonite Church.

After graduating from Dalton High School, he worked at Schantz Organ Company for nine years. He then started his own business in woodworking at Kratzer Cabinet and eventually opened Kratzer Furniture, a retail store with Amish handcrafted furniture. He enjoyed working hand-in-hand with the Amish community and running his businesses alongside his wife Lauri for 35 years.

Erich also enjoyed the outdoors and nature, where he loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He loved walking in the woods and knew every kind of tree, even handpicking the wood he would use to build his family home where he raised his children. Erich also enjoyed hiking, camping, gardening, hunting, fishing and biking. He especially loved vacationing at the beach with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Lauri; son, Jeremy Kratzer, Hartville, OH; daughter, Vicki Kratzer, Columbus, OH; and sister, Cheyenne (Jerry) Geiser.

The family would like to thank everyone who has supported them through caregiving, encouragement and love. Most of all, for your prayers. They witnessed unexpected favor and blessings during Erich’s last days and thank God for His presence in their lives. www.kickstarter.com/projects/1258678282/girl-set-free-inc

Jake's Amish Furniture, previously known as "Kratzer Furniture", was established at this location in 1999.

Before 1999 Erich Kratzer had a much smaller furniture show room around the corner on Arnold Rd. attached to his panel shop, where they glued up solid wood panels for the the local Amish shops to create furniture from.

But when his neighbors the Lehmans decided to sell their adjoining farm field which also bordered Kidron Rd. he decided to move his Furniture Store out on the main road.

Jake was first trained to sell Amish & Mennonite Solid Hardwood Furniture in 1999 at "The Nut Tree", less than 2 miles south of our current location. Jake owes most of what he knows today about the construction of solid hardwood furniture in gratitude to Ray Nussbaum the Founder & Owner of "The Nut Tree". Ray sold out a few years ago so the old "Nut Tree" facilities are currently the home of "The Pine Cone Gift Shop" & "Rock Decor".

When the first tremor of the recession hit in Nov. of 2000, Ray had to lay off Jake; who then found employment as an Amish Furniture Salesman at "Dutch Heritage Woodcraft" on the Amish Farm just east of Berlin OH along State Route 39.
The owners at the time were (the late Beloved Johnny Schrock) & John Wengerd, who also owned "Schrock's Heritage Furniture" in downtown Berlin, where Jake spent a few days selling as well. About half of Jake's employment by the Schrock family was spent manning the "Leather Shop" on "The Amish Farm" until March of 2002 when it closed.

In April of 2002 Erich & Lauri Kratzer owners of "Kratzer Furniture" were looking for another salesmen. Being unemployed at the time Jake responded to their "Help Wanted" ad, needless to say he was hired & sold their Amish Crafted Furniture until they retired in the fall of 2011.

Jake & Michaele Miller were united in marriage July 25th 2008 & were blessed with their first Daughter June 26th 2009 Jemima Lyn. Two years later July 28th Kezia Lucile graced their young family; what a joy to be the Blessed Parents of two adoring daughters, see Job 42:14. April 21st 2014 God Blessed us with our first son "Jonathan Andrew" he has added so much that only a boy can add to our growing family; Hence we are a family owned and operated business.

Jake & Michaele are very grateful for all the patience, financial assistance & training; Erich & Lauri Kratzer provided in helping them take on their family business. The Kratzer's poured over 20 years of their lives into this business; we do not take it for granted, but praise the LORD from whom all blessings flow continuously!

Located in the Northern gateway to the world's Largest Amish Community, Jake's Amish Furniture (as was Katzer Furniture) is known for the best prices. As Erich always said "Price will always sell!" As our Lord Jesus taught us "Do unto others; as you would have them do unto you!"

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