Who We Are
Our professional staff has years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. We are leaders in our profession, with dedication to service and professional integrity.
When we sit down with a family, our shared goal is to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. We offer them a wide variety of services and products, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.
Dwayne and Patty Spence, founders of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in 1969. Dwayne is a past President of the National Funeral Directors Association and a past President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Dwayne has served on many local civic organizations over the past 40 years. They are members of the Lithopolis United Methodist Church.
Since their beginnings in 1969 Dwayne and Patty, along with their dedicated staff, continue to serve families at both of their locations. "We owe a lot to our communities for their continued support, and we continue to add programs beyond what one would expect. We sponsor an annual Holiday Help Program, collect names for the WWII Memorial and are involved in many school and community programs. With our full time Post Service Coordinator, we continue our support and care long after we serve a family".
Our entire staff is dedicated to serving our families in the most professional and caring manner. We are committed to addressing the changing needs of the families we serve while maintaining the highest standards of quality and professionalism.
Our Valued Staff
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 is 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 eleven grandchildren and lives in Canal Winchester.
Dwayne served as President of the Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Treasurer, and Vice President, President Elect and in 1996 was elected President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. 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, 2001 Pres 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, TX and the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, OH.
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 this licensed funeral director must meet or exceed defined criteria annually to continue use of this designation.
James H. Sheridan, CFSP, Managing Partner Emeritus
James H. Sheridan, CFSP, is a 3rd generation funeral director and is general manager for the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Homes. Jim is married to Ann (Roush) Sheridan and are the proud parents of three children, son, Trent, Daughter in law, Stefanie Sheridan, Pickerington, daughter, Carrie Sheridan Dauer and her husband Mark Dauer, Royal Oak Michigan, daughter Clair Sheridan, student at Ohio State University from Pickerington High School, and has four grandchildren: Grant & Sofia Sheridan and Jack & Clair Dauer. Jim attended Ohio University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association , Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, 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 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.
Philip J. Zehms, Managing Partner
Phil has been in Funeral Service since 1998, joined the Spence Funeral Home in 2013 and has had a variety of experiences in Immediate Need and Pre-Arranged Funeral and Cemetery Services, including burial, cremation and pet services. He focuses on educating families and tailoring the services to meet the families financial and service needs; while creating a meaningful experience for the families he serves.
Phil earned two bachelor degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and is a licensed Funeral Director. Phil also earned his cremation certification from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and Matthews Cremation. He is also a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NFDA), The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and the Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA).
Phil moved to Ohio from the St. Louis, Missouri area. He is married, to Ana, they have a son Steven and two dogs, Muneca and Augie. Phil is involved in the community as a member of the Pickerington-Reynoldsburg Rotary Club and Goodwill Industries board of Directors. Additionally, Phil spends a great deal of his volunteer and free time as an emcee for various groups and organizations including “The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program”, “Dancing with the Diva’s” the “Zaney Follies”-- a Hospice fundraiser--as well as several other programs throughout our community and Ohio. In other volunteer situations, Phil adds his wit and wisdom to motivational and customer service related presentations; from one-on-one coaching, in-service trainings to school assemblies and small group trainings. When he is not working or volunteering, Phil enjoys reading, running-- completing the Capital City half marathon two times-- and playing golf.
Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP, Assistant Manager
Jeffrey W. Seaman, CFSP, joined the Spence Funeral Home staff in 1987 and is assistant manager of the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Homes. 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, Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and is a member and current president of the Pickerington Lions Club. He and his wife, JoAnn, live in Pickerington.
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.
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 Associates degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. A native of Pickerington, he resides in the Short North with his fiancee Jen Prindle and their dog, Gus. In his spare time Craig enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his friends and family.
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 of 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.
Keith Ebright, Funeral Director
Keith Ebright joined the Spence Funeral Home Staff, part-time, in October 2001, going full-time in August of 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, received his B.S. in Elementary Education (1976) and M.A. in Guidance Counseling (1981) from Ohio University. Keith and his wife Dorothy, members of Epiphany Lutheran Church, have been married over 40 years, have two children, Matthew and Melissa and 4 grandchildren. Keith is a veteran of the U.S. Army, U. S. Air Force Reserves and currently is 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.
Lauren Baughman, Funeral Director/Embalmer Pre-Need Funeral Planning
Lauren Baughman joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in August of 2008. A 2006 graduate of Canal Winchester High School, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Capital University and an associates 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.
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 2 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, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
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.
Patsy Haines, Office Assistant
Patsy Haines has been employed at Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home since March, 2000, and had previously worked as a greeter/ambassador for four years in the 1990s. She is a part-time office assistant, helps with printing of stationery for services, files paperwork with the Veterans Administration, and other bookkeeping tasks. She has two children, Bridget Bowen and Bruce Haines, and his wife, Josephine Haines; and three grandchildren, Nick, and his wife Laura, Brian and Emily. Patsy enjoys playing cards, her cookbooks, and the many activities she’s involved with at her church, Marcy Trinity Lutheran. She also bakes the pies every spring for our annual clergy luncheon.
Melinda Schnorrenberg, Greeter/Ambassador
Melinda started working at the Spence Funeral Home in April, 2013. She is a retired school teacher spending 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 of numerous extra-curricular activities. She has a BA from Capital University and a MS from Ashland University. Melinda has lived in Pickerington with her four-legged family for the past 21 years and enjoys reading.
Barb Guskin, Greeter/Ambassador
Barbara Guskin has lived in Pickerington for the past 36 years with her family. She is married to Phil Guskin and has two children. Her daughter, Shannon Brinkman, her husband, Jeff, and sons, Sean and Christopher, live in Philadelphia. Her son, Craig Stires, and his fiancé, Jen Prindle, live in Columbus. Her step-daughter, Jennifer and husband, Ryan Branaman, live in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Family is Barb’s number one priority. She is a retired teacher from the Pickerington School District, and started with Spence in September, 2013. She also does volunteer work for Dress for Success. Barb loves to travel, shop, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends.
Frank Priddy, Funeral Director's Assistant
Frank Priddy joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in November of 2007. He is our after-care program coordinator, assisting families after the funeral service has occured. 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, 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 electrical engineer and now retired. He has been a member of Pickerington Lions Club since 1974, and an active amateur radio operator for 51 years with call of K8RSP. Dave is currently president of the CRES Amateur Radio Club.
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 3 great-grandchildren, and they are members of the United Methodist Church. He enjoys playing pickleball, horseshoes, playing dartball in the church league, and playing Santa Claus at Christmastime.
James P. Comer, Funeral Director's Assistant & Crematory Operator
James P. Comer joined the Spence Funeral Home Staff in 2001 after thirty-five years as a Senior Customer Service Agent with USAir Airlines, where he was Customer Service Agent of the year in 1994, 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, Shamrock Club and charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Jim has three children and five grandchildren. Interests include aviation, Irish history, tinkering in the yard and especially his grandchildren.
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 Masters degree in Theology and his Doctor's degree in Thanatology from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.
J. Brent Wilson, Funeral Director's Assistant
Brent Wilson joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in March of 2009, where he works part-time as a funeral director's assistant. Brent and his wife Nancy (Wertz) Wilson have lived in Pickerinton for 28 years and have two married children, Jamie and Anna Wilson and Mandi and James Rederstorff. 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.
George Tucker, Greeter/Ambassador
George Tucker is a part-time funeral director's assistant. He and his wife Bobbi live in Reynoldsburg, and he has three children, three step-children, three grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. He is 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 is a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Logan and is a U.S. veteran of the Korean Conflict.
James Golomb, Funeral Director's Assistant
James Golomb joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in January 2010, as a part-time funeral director's assistant. 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, Crematory Operator and Funeral Director's Assistant
Thomas W. Anderson joined the staff of Spence Funeral Home in June of 2011. Tom was raised near Lithopolis and is a 1970 graduate of Canal Winchester High School. He and his wife, Sue of 39 years, both attend the Whitehall Church of the Nazarene where Tom is the 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. Tom is an avid reader, specifically of World War II history, and enjoys playing the trumpet, working on the computer, and playing strategy games.
Dave Hoover, Funeral Director's Assistant
David Hoover joined Spence Funeral Home in January 2010. He works funerals and visitations. David is married to Karen and they have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. He graduated from Miami University and The University of Dayton. David is an avid gardener and a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Buckeye fan. When time permits, he also very much enjoys golf.
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.
Robert Towers, Funeral Director's Assistant
Bob joined the staff in 2011 after moving to Reynoldsburg from Rochester, New York. He retired after 24yrs 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 LasVegas, Nevada and three grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to visit each of their children and families. Bob worked for a friend at a funeral home in the Rochester area for 6yrs 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 Spence Funeral Homes.
Kreg Ultican, Funeral Assistant
Kreg Ultican joined Spence Funeral Home in October of 2013. Kreg is a retired educator from Pickerington Local Schools where he spent thirty 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 twenty-seven years, he and his wife Christine have four children: Dustin, Derek, Danielle, and Drew.
Barbara Bigerton, 1933-2013
Barbara Bigerton was employed at Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home since 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.