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.
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
Location Supervisor, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Funeral Director/Embalmer Pre-Need Funeral Planning
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 degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. A native of Pickerington, he resides in Clintonville with his wife, Jen, their sons, Henry and Jack, and their dog, Alice. In his spare time, Craig enjoys traveling, fine dining, and spending time with his friends and family.
Craig P. Stires, 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.
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.
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.
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 member of Hope United Methodist and Lithopolis United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed at the Bob McDorman Auto Museum.
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 also as a teacher. She has a B. A.
degree in Education from Blackburn College in Illinois. She has enjoyed
living on the far east side 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.
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.
Crematory Operator and Funeral Director's Assistant
Funeral Director's Assistant and Crematory Operator
Marcus McClellan joined our staff in September, 2017. He graduated from St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo before attending Owens Community College. He graduated in the spring of 2017 with an associate degree in Music Business Technology. Marcus is currently attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio full-time. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Communication. He also continues to work with the family business when he is not studying, producing music, or working out.
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 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 & Crematory Operator
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