& Mattress Gallery

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Jake's Amish Furniture is located as a Northern Gateway to Ohio's Amish Country, the heart of the world’s largest Amish Community.

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.

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

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