Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 614-837-7126 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Dwayne R. Spence, CFSP

Dwayne R. Spence, CFSP

Founder

A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1968, Dwayne founded the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in Canal Winchester in 1969 and opened a branch operation in Pickerington in 1984. He has been a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 1994.

He is a founding partner in S&S Management Company, Fairfield Real Estate Ltd. Co., and 126 Postage Drive, LLC. He is a licensed insurance agent and founded the Dwayne R. Spence Insurance Agency, Inc. in 1988.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than 50 years, has three married children and 11 grandchildren and lives in Canal Winchester.

Dwayne served as Treasurer, and Vice President, President Elect of the Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association and in 1996 was elected President. During that time he also served as chairman of the Legislative, Finance, Convention, Task Force and Scholarship Committees.

Dwayne was Ohio's Funeral Service representative to the Policy Board of the 14000-member National Funeral Directors Association and then was elected as an At-Large Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association executive Committee. He was elected Secretary of NFDA in 1999 in Kansas City, Missouri, was elected NFDA Treasurer in Baltimore, Maryland in 2000 and 2001 President-Elect in Orlando Florida, and was elected NFDA President in October 2002 in San Antonio, Texas.

He has been Chairman of the Credentials Committee, the Government Relations Committee, the Regulatory Issues Committee, and the Professional Conduct Committee of the National Funeral Directors Association. He serves on the board of regents of the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas and the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio.

He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a member of the Ohio Crematory Operators Association, Ohio Embalmers Association, Cremation Association of North America and International Cemetery and Funeral Association.

Dwayne R. Spence, CFSP, has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym, and a licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this designation.

James H. Sheridan, CFSP

James H. Sheridan, CFSP

Managing Partner Emeritus

James H. Sheridan, CFSP, is a third generation funeral director and is the former general manager for the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Homes. Jim is married to Ann (Roush) Sheridan and they are the proud parents of three children, a son Trent and daughter-in-law Stefanie Sheridan of Pickerington; daughter Carrie Sheridan Dauer and her husband Mark Dauer of Royal Oak Michigan; and daughter Clair Sheridan, student at Ohio State University from Pickerington High School. He has four grandchildren, Grant and Sofia Sheridan and Jack and Clair Dauer. Jim attended Ohio University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Jim is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He is a licensed insurance agent and actively participates with the state and district funeral service committees, having served on the OFDA board of directors, legislative committee, building committee, disaster response policy board and response team, and president of the southeastern Ohio District #13.

He also belongs to the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce, Pickerington Moose, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus Council #1187 and is a past president of the Pickerington Lions Club.

Jim enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family, golfing, and yard work. Jim has been a partner with Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home since 1983.

James H. Sheridan, CFSP, has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym, and this licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this designation.

Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP

Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP

Managing Partner

Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP, joined the Spence Funeral Home staff in 1987 and is managing partner of the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1988. Born in Athens, Ohio, he is a 1977 graduate of Athens High School, received his BBA from Ohio University in 1981, and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1987.

Jeff is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He is also a member, past-president, and Melvin Jones Fellow of the Pickerington Lions Club. He and his wife, JoAnn, live in Pickerington. They enjoy traveling and have spent vacations in the past few years in Italy, Hawaii, Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP, has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym, and this licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this designation.

Matthew S. Dixon

Matthew S. Dixon

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Matthew S. Dixon joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home as a funeral director and embalmer in December 2012. A graduate of Beavercreek High School, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology from Ohio State University and an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his French bulldog Mason currently reside in Columbus. In his spare time, Matt enjoys Ohio State sports, golfing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Craig Stires

Craig Stires

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Craig Stires joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in March 2009. A graduate of Pickerington High School, Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Ohio University and an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. A native of Pickerington, he resides in Clintonville with his wife, Jen, their son, Henry, and their dog, Alice. In his spare time, Craig enjoys traveling, fine dining, and spending time with his friends and family.

Lauren Baughman

Lauren Baughman

Funeral Director/Embalmer Pre-Need Funeral Planning

Lauren Baughman joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in August 2008. A 2006 graduate of Canal Winchester High School, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Capital University and an Associate's degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She received the Homer D. Leffler Award for funeral directing/counseling upon graduation from CCMS. A native of Canal Winchester, Lauren and her sister Leah reside in Pickerington, and she is a member of Lithopolis United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her beloved dog Jack, reading, running, boating, and spending time with close friends and family.

Kurt A. Sammons

Kurt A. Sammons

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kurt A. Sammons joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in January 2015 and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He grew up in Johnstown, where he currently resides, and is a 2009 graduate of Johnstown-Monroe High School. He holds a B.A. degree in Business Leadership and Management from Capital University, and an AAS in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He enjoys all sports, country music, and the outdoors.

Keith Ebright

Keith Ebright

Funeral Director

Keith Ebright joined the Spence Funeral Home staff as part-timer in October 2001, going full-time in August 2006 after retiring as Director of Guidance and Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for the Pickerington Local Schools. He graduated from Pickerington High School in 1966 and received his B.S. in Elementary Education (1976) and M.A. in Guidance Counseling (1981) from Ohio University. Keith and his wife Dorothy, both members of Epiphany Lutheran Church, have been married over 40 years. They have two children, Matthew and Melissa, and four grandchildren. Keith is a veteran of the U.S. Army, U. S. Air Force Reserves and is currently a member of American Legion Post #283. Keith received the Pickerington Schools Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 and was recently inducted into the Pickerington Local Schools Alumni Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. His hobbies include traveling, all sports and singing with the Columbus Swiss Singers and the Singing Buckeyes Barbershop Chorus.

Susan Matias

Susan Matias

Administrative Assistant

Susan Matias has been employed at the Spence Funeral Home since April 2011. She works as an Administrative Assistant. She and her husband, Bob Matias, reside in Baltimore, and they have two married sons, Eric and his wife, Kristen, and Benjamin and his wife, Patricia. They have one grandson, Samuel. Susan enjoys cooking, reading and antiquing. She is a graduate of Bradford Business School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

Melissa Siefker

Melissa Siefker

Administrative Assistant

Melissa Siefker joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in October 2016, where she works as an Administrative Assistant. She and her husband, Chris Siefker, reside in Pickerington with their four children. Melissa enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is a graduate of Columbus State Community College and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church where she is involved with Vacation Bible School and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.



Lori (Spence)  McDonough

Lori (Spence) McDonough

Office Assistant

Lori (Spence) McDonough has been employed by the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home since June 2000 as a part-time office assistant. Her job includes billing and preparing personalized video tributes and stationery. Lori is a graduate of Bloom Carroll High School and currently lives in Canal Winchester with her husband, John, and their two children, Morgan and Hunter. She spends most of her free time with her family, going to her kids' sporting events and walking their three pugs with John. Lori is an active member of the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce for the Spence Funeral Home and regularly attends church.

Melinda Schnorrenberg

Melinda Schnorrenberg

Greeter/Ambassador

Melinda started working at the Spence Funeral Home in April 2013. She is a retired school teacher who spent 35 years teaching Health and Physical Education at Lakewood High School in Hebron, Ohio. She was the varsity volleyball, basketball and track coach at Lakewood for 25 years as well as the advisor for numerous extracurricular activities. She has a B.A. from Capital University and a M.S. from Ashland University. Melinda has lived in Pickerington with her four-legged family for the past 21 years and enjoys reading.

Barb  Guskin

Barb Guskin

Greeter/Ambassador

Barbara Guskin has lived with her family in Pickerington since 1977. She is married to Phil and has two children and three grandsons. Family is Barb's number one priority. She is a retired teacher from the Pickerington School District and started with Spence in September 2013. Barb loves to travel, shop, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends.

Frank Priddy

Frank Priddy

Funeral Director's Assistant

Frank Priddy joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in November 2007. He is our aftercare program coordinator, assisting families after the funeral service has occurred. He also works part-time as a funeral director's assistant. He is a retired minister and enjoys gardening and taking scenic/historic trips. He and his wife Brenda live in Pickerington and have two children, Terry and Sherry, and four grandchildren.

David Woolf

David Woolf

Funeral Director's Assistant

David Woolf has been a Pickerington resident since 1970 and employed part-time at Spence Funeral Home since February 2002. He has been married to his wife Neysa for 43 years, and they have two married daughters and four granddaughters. All live in the Pickerington area. He was employed by AT&T Bell Laboratories for 31 years as an electrical engineer and is now retired. He has been a member of Pickerington Lions Club since 1974 and an active amateur radio operator for 51 years with call sign of K8RSP. Dave is currently president of the CRES Amateur Radio Club.

Raymond Gerren

Raymond Gerren

Funeral Director's Assistant

Ray Gerren joined the Spence Funeral Home staff in 2004 after 46 ½ years in the production department of the Columbus Dispatch Printing Co. Ray works part-time as a funeral director’s assistant. He has been married to Hettie since 1962. They live in Lancaster, are the parents of five children, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, and are members of the United Methodist Church. Ray enjoys playing pickleball and horseshoes, playing dartball in the church league, and playing Santa Claus at Christmas time.

J. Brent  Wilson

J. Brent Wilson

Funeral Director's Assistant

In March 2009, Brent Wilson joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home, where he works part-time as a funeral director's assistant. Brent and his wife Nancy (Wertz) Wilson lived in Pickerington for 30 years and have two married children, Jamie and Anna Wilson and Mandi and James Rederstorff, and four grandchildren. Brent retired as a Title Insurance Agent after selling his agency in 2008. He enjoys golfing, wood working, gardening and singing with the Aladdin Shrine Chanters. He is a Mason, Shriner, and a member of the Worthington Moose.

James Burge

James Burge

Funeral Director's Assistant

Jim joined the Spence Funeral Home staff in December, 2010. He is a retired ordained clergyman where he served churches throughout western Ohio and northern Kentucky for over 35 years. Jim has completed a doctoral study in Thanatology and has presented his studies on grief/death with clergy groups, churches, Boards of Education, hospital staffs, service clubs and various support groups. He has conducted specialized seminars for the Ohio Funeral Directors Association as well as lead workshops for the National Funeral Directors Association.


Jim is a certified grief educator and facilitator through New Leaf Rescources, Louisville, KY, and also through the American Academy of Bereavement, Tucson, AZ, and was trained by the Center for Loss and Life Transition under the direction of Dr. Alan Wolfelt in Ft. Collins, CO. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Speech/Communications from Rio Grande University, and received  both his Master's degree in Theology and his Doctor's degree in Thanatology from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.  


James Golomb

James Golomb

Funeral Director's Assistant

James Golomb joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home as a part-time funeral director's assistant in January 2010. He retired from SBC Communications in 2001 with 27 years of service. Jim and his wife, Karen, moved to Canal Winchester in 2005 and have two daughters and one granddaughter. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Groveport, where he serves on the church council, and is also on the board of directors of Eagle Ridge Condo Association. His interests include camping, travel, antiques and spending time with family and friends.

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Crematory Operator and Funeral Director's Assistant

Thomas W. Anderson joined the staff of Spence Funeral Home in June 2011. Tom was raised near Lithopolis and is a 1970 graduate of Canal Winchester High School. Tom married Sue Workman in 1972. They both attend the Whitehall Church of the Nazarene, where Tom is the former music director. They have two children and three grandchildren. Tom worked for the Ohio State Highway Patrol as an electronics technician supervisor and retired from there in 2007 after 34 years service. Tom is the former music director for the Ohio State Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corps and plays the trumpet in the Columbus Pops Concert Band. He is a member of the Bugles Across America and plays live Taps for funerals and memorial services. Tom is an accomplished trumpet player and plays the trumpet in his local church. He is also an avid reader, specifically of World War II history, and enjoys playing the trumpet, working on the computer, and playing strategy games.

Robert Towers

Robert Towers

Funeral Director's Assistant

Bob joined the staff in 2011 after moving to Reynoldsburg from Rochester, New York. He retired after 24 years of service at Eastman Kodak. Bob and Carolyn have three grown children, a son and family in Frederick, Maryland, a daughter and her husband in Columbus, and a daughter and family in Las Vegas, Nevada, and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to visit each of their children and their families. Bob worked for a friend at a funeral home in the Rochester area for six years before coming to the Columbus area. Bob enjoys working with the staff and especially with the families we serve and carrying on the highly esteemed traditions of the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home.

Kreg Ultican

Kreg Ultican

Funeral Director's Assistant

Kreg Ultican joined Spence Funeral Home in October 2013. Kreg is a retired educator from Pickerington Local Schools, where he spent 30 years. During his career, he spent time as an administrator, teacher, and coach. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a Master's degree from the University of Dayton. A Pickerington resident for 27 years, he and his wife Christine have four children, Dustin, Derek, Danielle, and Drew.

Conner Lynch

Conner Lynch

Funeral Director's Assistant

Conner is a native of Pickerington and joined our staff in January, 2014. He is a 2014 graduate of Pickerington North High School and currently studies history at Ohio University and plans to graduate in 2019. Conner enjoys soccer, reading and traveling.


Lynn Boetcher

Lynn Boetcher

Greeter/Ambassador

Lynn Boetcher joined the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home staff in April, 2015, after retiring from the Columbus City Schools as a teacher, principal, and hearing officer for 55 years.  Lynn and his wife, Carolyn have lived in Pickerington since 1983 and have two children and two grandchildren.  Lynn and Carolyn are active members of Peace United Methodist Church.  Lynn is a Mason and  a member of Aladdin Shrine, and sings with the Aladdin Shrine Chanters..  They are active US travelers, antique shoppers, and gardeners.



James P. Comer

James P. Comer

Funeral Director's Assistant & Crematory Operator

James P. Comer joined the Spence Funeral Home Staff in 2001 after 35 years as a Senior Customer Service Agent with USAir Airlines, where he was Customer Service Agent of the year in 1994 before retiring in 1995. Jim served full time as the Crematory Manager and Funeral Assistant for ten years and now works part-time. He was Managing Partner of Veterinary Cremation Services for six years. Jim and his wife Charlotte are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where Jim is involved with the Bereavement Ministry and Seton Sages. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree and the Shamrock Club and a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Jim has three children and five grandchildren. His interests include aviation, Irish history, tinkering in the yard and especially his grandchildren.

Jack Orum

Jack Orum

Funeral Director's Assistant

Jack is a lifelong resident of the Groveport area and a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Agriculture. He is a small business owner (real estate), a board member of the Southeast Area Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Southeast Area Realty Association. He and his wife Diana have four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, tinkering with old cars, antique tractors, reading, gardening and working around the farm.

George Tucker

George Tucker

1931-2014

George Tucker was a part-time funeral director's assistant. He is survived by his wife, Bobbi, and three children, three step-children, three grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. He was retired from Elberfeld Co. in Logan, where he worked for 50 years, and he later worked at Cardaras Funeral Home in Logan for four years before coming to Spence Funeral Home in July 2006. He was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Logan and was a U.S. veteran of the Korean War. George died on December 6, 2014. We will miss him.

Barbara  Bigerton

Barbara Bigerton

1933-2013

Barbara Bigerton was employed at Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home starting in 1993, greeting visitors as they arrived and also doing some clerical work. She lived in Canal Winchester and had one daughter, Lorie, and son-in-law, Kevin Long. She was an active member at David's United Church of Christ, where she sang in the vocal group David's Eight for many years. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and dominos. Barbara died July 14, 2013. We miss her.

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