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Franklin County, Ohio
Funeral Homes ~ Mortuaries ~ Undertakers
Today & Yesterday

Vital records are an important part of genealogy, but few states began requiring birth and death certification until early in the twentieth century.  Ohio passed a law requiring that all births and deaths be recorded at the county level beginning in 1867 (an earlier, similar law had proved worthless).  In some counties compliance with the 1867 law was sporadic, and many counties had fires that destroyed records.  Franklin County researchers are fortunate in that most births and deaths were recorded.  However, Franklin County suffered a devastating courthouse fire during the night of January 31-February 1, 1879 and many records were destroyed or damaged.  Most birth and death records survived, but some are very difficult to read.  Those records were kept in large ledgers and each entry covers one line written across two pages.  In 1908 Ohio passed a law requiring that births and deaths be registered with the State Department of Health and beginning 20 December 1908 the law went into effect.

But what of those who were born before birth registration was required? What of those whose date of death, though it occurred after 20 December 1908, is unknown? The local funeral home was often the only repository of the information regarding a person's birth and death, or it is the best place to learn the date of death so that a certificate of death can be sought.  A large part of Franklin County's rich history can be found in dusty filing cabinets, basements and attics of the county's many funeral homes.  So on this page I will try to provide the Franklin County, Ohio researcher with a way to locate some of the old funeral home records.

A word to the wise:  When contacting a funeral home regarding information about your ancestor try to follow a few simple rules:

  • Remember the funeral home's primary business is to serve the bereaved families that contact them daily.
  • Do not phone them unless you plan to visit in person and want to set up an appointment.
  • Write a brief courteous letter asking for precise information about one or two people--do not include your pedigree, family group sheet or a biography of Great-grandfather MYANCESTOR.
  • Never write a letter asking for "all the information you have on the MYANCESTOR family."  The MYANCESTOR family might be an uncommon name where you are, but there might be hundreds of people by that name in the funeral home records--families tend to use the same funeral home for generations.
  • Always send a #10 (business size) self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) and be sure to inquire if there is a fee for the information.
  • Last, but not least:  Be courteous, be willing to wait several weeks for a response, send a thank you note, or at the very least, thank them for their time and assistance in your original request.
The table below lists the funeral homes currently doing business in Franklin County, along with any additional information--year established (Est.), Website URL, etc.  Following the current establishments you will find a list of now defunct undertakers, and when possible, information about what became of their records.  Please be patient as I try to locate this information and make it available on this page.  If I somehow overlooked an existing establishment or if you know of an out-of-business establishment not listed, please, write to Leona at .

Many thanks to Joyce Robinson who helped gather information for this project.

Also, many, many thanks to Ted Smith the first to contribute his knowledge.  Ted worked in the industry while attending college and has some "insider" knowledge that he has shared giving me names of undertaking establishment names and supplying parenthetical comments.

Thanks also go to Joe Fleshman, who shares my interest in cemeteries and to

Jeff Edwards, Funeral Director, Edwards Funeral Service who sent additional information on 22 Jun 2008.

Brooks Owens Funeral Home 1631 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: (614) 235-0071
Operating at this address under a leased space agreement with Cook & Son-Pallay
C. D. White & Son Funeral Home 1217 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: (614) 258-1514
Est. 1908
Caliman Funeral Services 3700 Refugee Road
Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: (614) 338-1965
Cook & Son-Pallay Funeral Home 1631 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: (614) 444-7861
Columbus' oldest crematory
Cotner Funeral Home 7369 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 866-6318
Deyo-Davis Funeral Home 1578 W 1st Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-2445
Est. 1941
Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service 720 E. Long Street
Columbus, OH 43203
(614) 258-9549
Whittaker Funeral Home (1905); Diehl-Whittaker (1969)
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home & Crematory 650 W. Waterloo Street
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: (614) 837-7126
Edwards Funeral Home 1166 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: (614) 444-3200
Formerly Held-Skunza Funeral Home
Egan-Ryan Funeral Service Two locations--see Website Originally P.A. Egan's Undertaking & Livery, est. 1859
Epstein Memorial Chapel 3232 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43213
Phone: (614) 235-3232
Originally Snider Memorial Chapel (1930s), owned and operated by Don Snider.
Evans Funeral Home 4171 E. Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43227
Phone: (614) 237-2553
"Family Owned & Operated Since 1939"
(Additional notes)
Gary Memorial Chapel
Funeral Home
867 S. James Road
Columbus, OH 43227
Phone: (614) 235-4279
Graumlich & Son Funeral Service 1351 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: (614) 444-7854 OR
Est. 1862
Hill Funeral Home 220 S. State Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 882-2121

In 1952 Frank Hill acquired Stockdale Memorial Funeral Home, est. in the 1890s
J. Martin Smith Mortuary 1173 E. Hudson Street
Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: (614) 447-9383
Jerry Spears Funeral Home 2693 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: (614) 274-5092 or
(614) 274-4427
Website Est. 1928
John Quint & Sons Funeral Home 1177 W. 5 Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 294-4416
Long Funeral Service 5528 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: (614) 891-1199
Est. 1949
Maeder-Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home 1068 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: (614) 444-1185
Fax: (614) 444-6991
Est. 1870
Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home 2500 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: (614) 267-8310
Formerly Porter-Qualls & Gary Funeral Homes
McNabb Funeral Home 1631 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: (614) 372-1927
FAX: (614) 372-1936
The firm's location at 818 E. Long Street was destroyed by a fire in 2000. It is operating at the Parsons Ave. address under a leased space agreement with Cook & Son-Pallay
Moreland Funeral home 55 E. Schrock Road
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 882-2197
Est. 1948
Newcomer Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel 3047 E. Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: (614) 818-1188
Est. 1893
Formerly doing business as Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home.
Newcomer Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel 3393 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43213
(614) 539-6166
Novak Funeral Home 4476 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 268-8811
Formerly Novak-Thurston Funeral Home
O. R. Woodyard Funeral & Cremation Service Five locations--see Website Est. 1927
Has searchable obituaries on Website
O'Shaughnessy Funeral Home 405 E. Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 231-2311
Robert C. Carter & Assoc. Funeral Services 848 N. Pearl Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 291-3040
Rodman Funeral Service 5464 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
Phone (614) 840-0911
Est. 1906 (Delaware County)
Serves Delaware & Franklin counties
Rutherford Funeral Home 2383 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 299-1153
Website for all Rutherford locations.
Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home 515 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: (614) 885-4006
Was S. E. Corbin & Son
Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell 450 W. Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 792-1471
Rutherford-Shroyer Funeral Home 1278 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
Phone: (614) 274-1161
Rutherford-Glenn L. Myers Funeral Home 2383 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 299-1153
Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service Eleven locations--see Website Family owned & operated since 1855 (6 generations)
Shaw-Davis Funeral Homes See Web site Est. 1907
Skunza Funeral Service 5528 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43231
(614) 895-3200
Rudolph Skunza operates under a leased space agreement with Long Funeral Home. Records from his previous establishment were destroyed.
Smith Mortuary 2830 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: (614) 263-8868
FAX: (614) 263-3433
Owned by the J. Martin Smith Funeral Home
Southwick-Good Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service 3100 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: (614) 267-0362
Est. 1924 (4 generations)
Building was originally Clinton Chapel (M. E. church, 1838-1882)
Spence-Miller Funeral Home 2697 Columbus Street
Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: (614) 875-4878
Formerly doing business as Miller Funeral Home
Tidd Funeral Home 5265 Norwich Street
Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone (614) 876-1722
In business since 1981.
Wayne T. Lee Funeral Service 1370 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 2537944
Weir-Arend Funeral Home 4221 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 268-3593
Est. 1870; later absorbed Fisher Funeral Service and has that company's records.
Woodyard-Myers Funeral Home 587 Main Street
Groveport, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 836-5643
Formerly Myers Funeral Home; now one of five locations of the O. R. Woodyard Funeral Services (See above)
Can you tell me when they went out of business or where their records are?
Please write to Leona at .
Annen-McCray Funeral Home Doing business in 1940, 709 S. High St.; Lic #2587
Bertram G. Jones Funeral Service Was located Broad St. at Monroe in 1941 (Est. 1871)
Black, John Groveport, Main St.; doing business in 1878.
Brown-Ferguson Co. Located at 856 N. High Street, 1917 +/-
Burns Memorial Funeral Home Nothing further known at this time
Cheatwood Funeral Home Was located in Reynoldsburg; Mifflin Township Cemeteries office at 218 Agler Rd., Gahanna, Ohio, 43230 has burial permits from Cheatwood for the years 1945-1967.
Crosby Funeral Home Operated at 2323 E. 5 Ave., Columbus. On 1/12/2005 this firm was renamed "Crosby-Edwards Funeral Home." On 3/14/2006 the firm was closed by the State Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors.
Darfus Funeral Home Groveport
Denton, Donaldson & Hughes (ca. 1918+/-) Denton Donaldson & Hughes Chapel, 318 E. Town Street
Denton, Donaldson & Kuhn 1203 E. Broad St. [Earlier at 700 East Broad St.?]
(Had a reputation as a very pretigious funeral home in Columbus during its existence.)
E. C. Annen Company (ca. 1922 +/-) Nothing further known at this time
(William F.) Feil Funeral Home Began operatin in 1934; 225 King Avenue (at the corner of King & Forsythe Aves.); went out of business in 1973. All tools, misc equipment, and records were donated to the Ohio Historical Society.
Fisher Funeral Service Was located on E. Broad; Est. 1871; later became Weir-Arend where Fisher records are now located.
Glenn L. Myers Mortuary Now Rutherford-Glenn L. Myers
Grimes & Davidson 2741 Cleveland Avenue in the Linden area
(now Schoedinger's Linden ).
H. G. Steickley
Funeral Director
Mrs. H. G. Steickley, Attendant
1908+/-; Was at 134 E. Long St.
Halm & Co. Doing business in 1865
Heistland Funeral Home Did business at the old Feil Funeral home location, 225 King Avenue (1965-1972?)
J. E. Norris, Harrisburg, O. Harrisburg, 1931+/-; nothing further known
J. W. Ross Funeral Home Black-owned funeral home located on East Broad Street.   They were in business about 1979-1985.
Lake Funeral home Doing business in 1942.
Kelly Funeral Home North High St. (located relatively close to Weir-Arend.)
Kenneth Doty Funeral Home Nothing further known at this time
Leach & Son Funeral Home Became Moody & Straley; now Gary Memorial Chapel
M. J. K. Jones Funeral Home 3150 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus--later operated from 2323 E. 5th Ave under a space lease agreement with Crosby Edwards Funeral Home. This firm was closed in 2005.
McNamara Funeral Home Nothing further known at this time
Miller, Wm. P., Furniture & Undertaking Canal Winchester, 1878+/-
Moody Funeral Home 2154 E. Main St., Columbus, OH; at one time Moody & Straley and before that it was Leach & Son Funeral Home; now Gary Memorial Chapel
Murgatroyd Funeral Service Was located at 315 N. Park in 1941; nothing further known at this time
Myers & Owens (ca. 1918+/-) Nothing further known at this time
Norris Funeral Home Grove City, now Schoedinger, Grove City Chapel
North Side Undertaking (ca. 1918+/-) Nothing further known at this time
O. L. Lindenbolt Funeral Home Doing business in 1942.
Owens Funeral Service This firm operated from: 3150 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Oh 43227. This business was closed, the building was later occupied by "M.J.K. Jones Funeral Home" for a short time, before it too closed. The Owens Funeral Service now operates as Brooks Owens Funeral Home.
Pletcher, Brown & Co.
Funeral Directors; Private Morgue
(1908+/-) H. A. Pletcher, G. W. Pletcher, S. D. Brown
Was at 1122-1124 N. High St.
R. E. Jones & Son (ca. 1918+/-) Nothing further known at this time
S. E. Corbin & Son Funeral Home Now Rutherford-Corbin
Shoemaker Funeral Homes Closed in 2007; the building is now occupied by the Smith Mortuary. Previous Pre-need accounts are held at Rutherford Funeral Homes.
Shroyer Funeral Home Now Rutherford-Shroyer
(Additional notes)
Steickley & Lakin Doing business 1894 +/-
Steickley & Slyh Doing business 1925 +/-
W. H. Baker, the Undertaker Located 39 S. Fifth St. in 1900; nothing further known at this time
W. I. Winegarner Operated in the 1920s +/-; joined Denton-Donaldson-Hughes

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