Dr Delbert Leroy Gratz

Dr Delbert Leroy Gratz

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Death 24 Aug 2000 (aged 80)
Burial Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 33082225 · View Source
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Dr. Delbert L. Gratz, Mennonite Historian, Genealogist, and Librarian at the Mennonite Historical Library of Bluffton College for many years, directed Mennonite Heritage Tours to Europe for over 25 years. He died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at St.Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Funeral services were held on Monday at First Mennonite Church, the Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen officiated. Burial was in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton.

Dr. Gratz was born March 5, 1920, on the Amstutz farm in Richland Twp, Allen Co, Ohio to Harvey and Fannie (Lauby) Gratz. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1938 and from Bluffton College in 1942. On Sept. 5, 1943 he married Thelma Dailey who servives. During WWII as a conscientious objector, he served with Civilian Public Service from 10-17-1942 to 4-11-1946 doing forestry in Louray VA and working in a hospital in Ypsilanti, Mich.

After WWII from 1945 to 1948 he and his wife served in Germany with MCC as a relief worker feeding children. He received the distinguished service cross (Bundesverdienstkreuz) from the German government for this work later.

After Germany they moved to Switzerland where Delbert entered the University of Bern. In 1950 he returned home and began work for Bluffton College as librarian and professor of history. After 38 years he retired from BC.

Dr. Gratz received a master's degree from Ohio State University in history, a doctorate from the University of Bern, Switzerland, in history and a master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan. In addition to his interest in Swiss Mennonite history, he was interested in mountain climbing.

In addition to is wife, survivors include two sons, Del (Susan) of Bluffton; Conrad (Rachel) of Columbus; two daughters, Donna (Norm) Gratz-Huff of Mississauga, Ontario; and Carolyn (Ray) Gratz-Franks of Bluffton, and five grand-children.

Last residence: 45817 (Bluffton, Allen, OH)

He is the author of
Bernese Anabaptists and Their Descendants (No. 8, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History) Mennonite Historical Society 1953.
(Obit MWR Gratz, Delbert Leroy 1920, 31 Aug 2000 p. 7}

Father: Harvey John GRATZ
b: 8 Apr 1896 in Richland Twp, Allen Co, Ohio, USA
Mother: Fannie Marie LAUBY
b: 11 AUG 1895 in Richland Twp, Allen Co, Ohio, USA


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  • Created by: Tom Crago
  • Added: 20 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33082225
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Delbert Leroy Gratz (5 Mar 1920–24 Aug 2000), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33082225, citing Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Tom Crago (contributor 46845398) .