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Darrell M. Gratz

Darrell M. Gratz, 87, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday morning, April 24, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital, Columbus.

He was born June 7, 1925, in Bellefontaine, to the late Harry E. and Ida Barnes Gratz. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Maurice and Cletus.

On March 9, 1946, he married the former Doris J. Morris in New Hampshire, Ohio, and she survives along with two children, Ronald (Roberta) Gratz of Lebanon, Ohio, and Lorraine (Jo Cook) Wilcox of Huntsville; four grandchildren, Eric (Kelly) Gratz and Amy (Mike) Brobst, both of Powell, Keely (Rick) Pummel of Russells Point and Kerri (Mike) Luttrell of Upper Arlington; eight great-grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan and Nicholas Gratz, Emily, Abby and Danielle Brobst, and Hayden and Owen Pummel; and three brothers, Dwight (Shirley) Gratz of Russells Point, Ralph (Janice) Gratz of Bradenton, Fla., and Karl (Marsha) Gratz of Clearwater, Fla.

He was a 1943 graduate of New Hampshire High School. He was a member of Carpenters Local 372 in Lima, and retired from Peterson Construction as a supervisor. He was very proud to have worked on the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at The Ohio State University.

Private services will be held by his family at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given in Darrell’s name to the Mary Rutan Hospital Pulmonary Rehab Unit, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at

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