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.
Apprentice Funeral Director
Anya is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati College of
Mortuary Science and joined our staff in May of 2018 after completing her
college’s Funeral Service CO-OP with us in April. Anya’s hometown is Andover,
Ohio and as the daughter of a retired United Methodist Church minister grew up
all over North Eastern Ohio. Anya lives in Columbus and has 2 brothers and a
sister. Her hobbies include her motorcycle, drums, concerts, dancing, traveling
and spending time with her pets Moose and Hardison.
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.
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 resides in Carroll with her 2 children and is currently
engaged to Mike who also has 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.
Administrative Assistant and Ambassador
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.
Betty joined our staff in June of 2016 and has lived in
Pickerington since she and her late husband moved here in 1968. After raising
her children Betty worked for 10 years as a caretaker and aide at Creative
Learn and Play Preschool. As a member of Seton Parish, Betty worked as a
greeter and helped with funeral lunches. She and her husband Ron volunteered
for many years with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul and enjoys keeping
herself busy. Betty has 3 children and loves spending her time with her 6 grandchildren.
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 Assistant
Kelsey is 2011 graduate of Logan Elm High School and is attends
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science full-time working on her Bachelor Degree
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
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
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 will 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.
Jared is the 2nd generation of his family to work
at the funeral home and started in October 2018 after graduating from
Pickerington Central High School in May. Jared currently attends Columbus State
Community College and after graduating with his Associates Degree in Criminal
Justice he plans to attend the Police Academy in the fall of 2021. He enjoys
playing baseball and being with his dog DJ.
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
Greg began working for the funeral home in July 2018 and has lived in Groveport with his wife Jeannie for the past 18 years. He attended the University of Kentucky and worked as private pilot for 20 years and for AEP for 28 years. Greg is a 3rd Degree Mason and was a member of the 201st Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky National Guard. In his spare time he enjoys reading, history and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
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