Meet The Funeral Home Staff
John Douthitt - Manager
John Douthitt has worked for the Spring Grove Funeral Homes as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since March 2007. Born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area, John graduated from Withrow High School and attended the University of Cincinnati, studying Criminal Justice/Pre-Law. John always had an interest in Funeral Service, but it was during an elective course in his junior year at UC when he realized that Funeral Service was not just an interest, it was a passion and his new career focus. John graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, John traveled to New Orleans for the summer and visited a number of funeral homes and cemeteries in Louisiana where he gained further knowledge, perspective, and appreciation for Funeral Service. Once he returned to Cincinnati, he immediately registered to take courses at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS).
In April 2004, John joined the Spring Class of students attending CCMS studying to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and also began working for The Spring Grove Family in a part time position at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes. This allowed John to work up close and personal with Funeral Directors and Embalmers which gave him additional insight into to the industry. In July 2005, John graduated from CCMS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science.
John served his yearlong apprenticeship at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes and earned his Funeral Director and Embalmers License in the state of Ohio In January 2007.
In early 2009, John joined the National Funeral Directors Association and the Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. Recently in August 2011, John became a Licensed Celebrant, so he now has the certification to personalize and conduct Funeral Services for families.
He is very dedicated to his profession and recognizes the true gift in helping to honor a life well lived. He considers himself very fortunate to work with such dedicated people who all share the same vision and goal, which is to provide impeccable care, respect, and diligence to each and every family that selects the Spring Grove Funeral Homes to honor the life of their loved one.
Lacey V. Fox - Manager and CFSP
In February 2010, Lacey became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Ohio and a member of The Spring Grove Family. Lacey is a native of Stryker, Ohio and graduated from Northwest State Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2007. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. Lacey is a fourth generation graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a sixth generation funeral service professional on her mother’s side of the family.
Lacey is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery and Funeral Association, a member of the Blue Ash, Ohio Lions Club and a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Lacey attends Crossroads Church in Oakley.
In April 2011, Lacey attended the In-Site Institute celebrant training and became a certified funeral celebrant. Being a celebrant allows Lacey to personalize and officiate funeral services for families of all beliefs.
Growing up in a funeral home family Lacey knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a funeral director. Helping guide families through the difficult experience of losing a loved one has always been one of Lacey's passions.
Lacey Lives in Hyde Park with her husband Jason and their dog Gizmo. Jason is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Clermont County practicing in their Civil Law Division. Lacey and Jason love the outdoors and enjoy traveling to see family and friends in their free time!
Born and raised in Toledo, Kelly graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 2003 and went on to John Carroll University in Cleveland to obtain her Bachelors in Communications. Upon receiving her degree in 2007, Kelly attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she earned her Associates degree in 2008.
After spending four years as a licensed director in the state of Ohio, Kelly and her husband moved to Northern Michigan to manage a family owned funeral home in Gaylord. Upon starting their family, they realized Ohio was home and relocated back to Cincinnati in August of 2016. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Michigan.
Kelly is passionate about the funeral profession and is honored to serve all families. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide meaningful options and services to all who call upon the Spring Grove family.
Kelly and her husband, Pat have two children, Delaney and Dolan and currently reside in West Chester.
Kurt Olding joined the Spring Grove family in 2017 and has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 2012. He grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and graduated from St. Xavier High School, class of 2006. While pursuing a degree in psychology at University of Cincinnati, Kurt discovered his passion for funeral service during a class on grief, death, and dying that changed the course of his education. He graduated Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science and a Bachelor’s Degree of Mortuary Science.
Kurt worked for several out-of-town funeral homes before finding his way to Spring Grove in his beloved home city. He truly believes it is a calling and a privilege to serve families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Kurt’s passion drives him to help families find creative and meaningful ways to honor their loved one’s life and assist them during the transition that comes with loss.
Kurt is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. In his free time, he enjoys keeping his creativity flowing by playing tabletop role-playing games, painting miniatures, and playing computer games. Kurt lives on the west side with his daughter, Zella, and their variety of cats, dogs, and other pets.
Skip Phelps - Funeral Director
Skip Phelps has been employed with Spring Grove since 2005. He started with the company as a pre-planning advisor at the funeral home, helping many families and individuals make pre-arrangements. In July 2007, Skip was promoted to be the Director of Preneed Services, managing all of the funeral home preneed advisors and establishing the most effective programs for our customers and most recently has served as the Director of Advanced Planning for The Spring Grove Family.
Skip received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in July 2012 and was recognized later that year by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Home Association (ICCFA) as a Certified Cemetery Funeral Home Executive (CCFE) after completing 4 years at ICCFA University, and most recently became a licensed funeral director. During his tenure with the organization Skip has strived to continue his education and seek out practical experience and opportunities which has equipped him to train others the importance to every detail in making prearrangements or if we are helping families create a meaningful experience as they celebrate the life of their loved one.
Theresa Correa - Managing Funeral Director