History & Staff

Once you request the services from our funeral homes, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our History

Spidell History

Our funeral home was founded in Mount Eaton, Ohio in 1888 by Jules Desvoignes. Mr. Desvoignes operated a furniture store and funeral home at our current location on Main Street. Following his untimely death in 1926, Jules son, Harris W. Desvoignes, a local school teacher and funeral director, took over the business. It was known as the Desvoignes Funeral Home until 1973 when C. Waid Spidell purchased the firm.

The firm was known as the Desvoignes-Spidell Funeral Home until 1980 when Waid opened a second location in Brewster, Ohio and changed the name to Spidell Funeral Home. The Brewster Chapel is located in the former North Brewster Elementary School.

Waid's son, Scott W. Spidell, joined the business in 1991 following graduation from mortuary science school and purchased the business from his father in 2006.

In 2009 Navarre native John L. Feucht joined the firm. John has been serving families of Stark County for more than forty years with the Atkinson-Feucht and Karlo-Feucht Funeral Homes.

Smith History

Smith History

Robert L. Smith purchased the former Lingler Funeral Home on North Broadway Street in Sugarcreek in 1983.  He operated as Smith Funeral Home until he purchased the former Butler-Varns Funeral Home, also in Sugarcreek in 2008.  He consolidated the two businesses and moved to the Butler-Varns building on W. Main Street.  The name of the funeral home changed to Smith-Varns.  

In 2016, Bob purchased the former Beachy’s Restaurant on Andreas Drive in Sugarcreek and following an extensive remodeling project moved the funeral home to our new and very spacious location.  

In 2011, Bob acquired the former Lebold Funeral Home in Bolivar.  Following a large addition and remodeling project the funeral home operates as the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home.

Partnering For the Future

In 2018, close friends Robert Smith and Scott Spidell started a business partnership together.  Always looking for ways to better serve their loyal client families, they found methods to share duplicated services and processes.  These new shared methods will help guide us into the future.    

Our Valued Staff

  • Scott W. Spidell

    Scott W. Spidell Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Scott graduated from Waynedale High School, attended The University of Akron and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991 with a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons and reside in Mount Eaton.

  • Robert L. Smith

    Robert L. Smith Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Bob is a 1969 graduate of Dover High School and a 1974 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is the secretary-treasurer of the Tri-County Funeral Director’s Association and a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association and the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Association.

    Bob is also the president and owner of Smith Ambulance Service, Inc. of Tuscarawas County and Holmes County.

  • John L. Feucht

    John L. Feucht Funeral Director/Embalmer

    John graduated from Fairless High School, attended Kent State University and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a life long Navarre area resident and worked for many years at the Atkinson-Feucht Funeral Homes in Navarre and Massillon. He and his wife, Beverly, have three grown children and five grandchildren.

  • Lee R. Varns

    Lee R. Varns Funeral Director/Embalmer

    Lee is a 1973 graduate of Fairless High School and a 1976 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is also a member of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, the Garaway Lions Club and the Sugarcreek Business Association. He attends the Sugarcreek United Methodist Church and is a retired member of the Sugarcreek Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Cindy K. Varns

    Cindy K. Varns Funeral Director

    Cindy is a 1975 graduate of Fairless High School and attended the Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University. She is a licensed Funeral Director, member of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, Sugarcreek Lioness Club, Sugarcreek Business Association and attends the Sugarcreek United Methodist Church.

  • Matthew W. Fickle

    Matthew W. Fickle Funeral Director/Embalmer/Advance Funeral Planner

    Matt is a 2005 graduate of Marion Harding High School, and received his Bachelors of Science degree from Wilmington College in 2009 and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2013. He and his wife, Shelby, have a daughter, Emersyn, along with two dogs, Milo and Hazel.

  • Jeffrey C. Smith

    Jeffrey C. Smith Apprentice Funeral Director/Livery Manager

    Jeff is the Livery Manager for Smith Ambulance Service, Inc. and a Funeral Associate with Smith Funerals Homes, Inc.

    A 1979 graduate of Dover High School, Jeff received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science from Stark Technical College in 1985. Since 1985, he has worked in the environmental laboratory industry primarily in project management and quality assurance fields. Jeff began working part-time for the livery service in June of 2006. In March of 2013, Jeff assumed the full-time position of managing the Livery division of Smith Ambulance while also in a support role of Smith Funeral Homes in Sugarcreek and Bolivar.

    Jeff is married to the former Mary Ann Berndt, they are members of the First United Methodist Church of Dover. They have two children Brandon, wife Tessa, of Columbus and Matt of Dover.

  • Deloris Borter

    Deloris Borter Hospitality Manager/Funeral Associate

    Deloris helps manage our family center and assists with funeral services such as helping family members during visitation.

  • Walter Wilson

    Walter Wilson Funeral Associate

  • Richard Elliot

    Richard Elliot Funeral Associate

  • Rev. Andrew McClung

    Rev. Andrew McClung Funeral Associate

  • Tom Lupi

    Tom Lupi Funeral Associate

  • Terry Miller

    Terry Miller Funeral Associate

  • Rick Campbell

    Rick Campbell Funeral Associate