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.
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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 Patty for more than 55 years, has three married children and 10 grandchildren and lives in Canal Winchester.
Dwayne served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President Elect of the 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 14,000-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 is a graduate of Groveport High School and was inducted into the Groveport High School Hall of Fame in 2004; in 2017 he was inducted into the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Hall of Fame.
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.
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, 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, the Dominican Republic, and Ireland.
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.
Funeral Director and Embalmer / Location Manager - Canal Winchester
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 degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He lives in Canal Winchester and in his spare time Matt enjoys Ohio State sports, golfing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Rick joined our staff as a funeral director and embalmer in 2019. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a member of Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Embalmers Association, F&AM Mansfield Lodge #35, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and the Mansfield Power Squadron. In his spare time he enjoys boating on Lake Erie and Shooting Sports.
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Kelsey is 2011 graduate of Logan Elm High School and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2019 with a BS in Mortuary Science. She joined our staff in September 2018. Kelsey wants to make a difference for the LGBT youth and has worked with them as a counselor while attending Ohio University. She enjoys traveling with her family and hopes to pursue a traveling career with her degree. Hobbies include reading, being active outdoors, and listening to music when she has down time. Kelsey loves taking her dog Kona for walks in the park and cuddling with her cats Boo and Mavis.
Keith Ebright joined the Spence Funeral Home staff as a 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 50 years. They have two children, Matthew and Melissa (died in 2014), and five 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.
Keith Ebright, 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.
Apprentice Funeral Director
Conner is a native of Pickerington and joined our staff in January 2014. He is a 2014 graduate of Pickerington North High School and graduated from Ohio University in 2019 with a BA in history. Conner enjoys soccer, reading and traveling.
Administrative Assistant and Accounts Payable
Melissa Siefker joined the staff of Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in October 2016, where she works as an Administrative Assistant and handles all the accounting for our firm. She and her husband, Chris Siefker, reside in Baltimore 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. Piux X Catholic Church where she is involved with religious education.
Lacey joined the staff of Dwayne R Spence Funeral Home in January of 2019. Lacey is a native to Lithopolis and Canal Winchester. A graduate of Bloom Carroll High School and Fort Hayes Arts and Academic Education Center where she studied music, Lacey also attended Hondros College where she took classes for real estate and is currently a licensed Realtor with HER. Lacey and her husband Mike reside in Carroll with her 2 children and Mike's 2 children. In her spare time she enjoys watching the boys play baseball, football and basketball, going to visit her daughter in Athens, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and her fur baby Bella. Lacey is a member of Lithopolis United Methodist Church where she sings with the Worship Team.
Julie joined our staff as a preplannng
specialist in 2021. Julie has been a licensed insurance agent for 12 years and
has worked in the cemetery and funeral business for the last 7 years. Julie was
born and raised in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and also studied natural therapies for
healing the last 15 years. She has raised her 2 children and loves spending
time with family and friends, loves to cook, and enjoys watersports.
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 since 1991, and enjoys reading.
Karen joined the funeral home staff in March of 2018. She is a graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and Miami University. Karen also works as a secretary at Epiphany Lutheran Church where she has also taught preschool. Karen, her husband, and children moved to Pickerington after living in Cincinnati for awhile and have been here ever since.
Karen's pride and joy are her boys and over the years, Karen has loved coaching her sons and teammates in PYAA sports and with ATA Black Belt Academy. Her hobbies include church softball, traveling, camping, watching sports and spending time with her family. Karen is a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, teaching PSR and VBS and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Administrative Assistant and Ambassador
Susan Matias has been employed at the Spence Funeral Home since April 2011. She works as an Administrative Assistant. She and her husband, Bob, reside in Baltimore and they have two sons and two grandsons. Susan enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and antiquing. She is a graduate of Bradford Business School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Barbara Guskin has lived with her family in Pickerington since 1977. She is married to Phil and has two children and four 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.
Mary who lives in Canal Winchester and has one son joined our staff in April of 2015. She was raised in Bloom Township and is a 1965 graduate of Canal Winchester High School. Mary was a school counselor in the Mansfield City Schools and retired after 25 years in education. She is a member of Lithopolis United Methodist Church and the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society and volunteers at the Canal Winchester Food Pantry. Mary is a “snow bird” and spends 2 months every winter in Florida but enjoys spending time meeting with her family, friends and classmates the rest of the year.
Barb started working for the
Dwayne Spence Funeral Home in December 2016. She is retired from the
Columbus Dispatch after 24 years of service.
Barb's career has included employment as an administrative assistant, a senior
sales and service representative and as a teacher. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Blackburn College in Illinois. She has enjoyed
living on the far east side of Franklin County for over 40 years. Barb enjoys gardening, reading,
spending time with her two grandchildren, doing nature walks and volunteering
at the Reynoldsburg Cancer Thrift Store.
Bea joined our staff in January 2017. She is a graduate of Canal Winchester High School and Mt. Carmel School of Nursing. She is a lifetime member of the Canal Winchester Historical Society and a member of Hope United Methodist and Lithopolis United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed at the Bob McDorman Auto Museum.
Liz grew up in Ashville, Ohio but moved to Groveport in 1982 with her late husband Ken Marckel when he became pastor of the Groveport United Methodist Church where he served for 18 years. After Ken’s retirement he and Liz moved to Pickerington where she now resides. Liz worked for 20 years as a nursing supervisor for a Columbus family practice and recently retired from Mt. Carmel after 18 years. She is a member of Lithopolis United Methodist Church and volunteers every Thursday at Lancaster’s First United Methodist Church feeding the homeless. Liz has 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 2 wonderful daughters-in-law and loves spending time with her family. Liz joined our staff in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funeral Director's Assistant
Gary Madden has lived in Licking County for the past 60 years and began working with us in March of 2018. He graduated from The Ohio State University and was the Assistant Principal at Buckeye Valley High School for 15 years. Gary and his wife Peggy have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and being involved with his church’s activities.
Funeral Director's AssistantJames 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.
Funeral Director's AssistantJack 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.
Funeral Director's AssistantKreg 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.
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