Our Officers

Gary M. Freytag

Gary FreytagGary M. Freytag, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 2003.

Mr. Freytag holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard. He joined the Spring Grove Family after previously serving as President of Information Alternatives, a Cincinnati based technology consulting company where he led efforts to expand its customer base into new markets including distribution, government and wireless.

Prior to that, Mr. Freytag served as Treasurer of Eagle-Picher, a diversified manufacturing company with nearly one billion dollars in worldwide revenue. There he was responsible for managing their debt reduction strategy and re-introducing them to Wall Street. He also spent 10 years in manufacturing as President of Performance Manufacturing, a Cincinnati-based company that produced industrial products. His other business experience includes management consulting and venture capital.

David P. Kelley

David KelleyDavid P. Kelley, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 2011.

Mr. Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He joined the Spring Grove Family after serving as Vice President/Finance of Eagle-Picher Corporation’s largest manufacturing division and Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of General Products Corporation, both of which were headquartered in Michigan. Mr. Kelley has also served in the United States Department of Treasury audit function.

He has actively participated on city municipal planning commissions and volunteered time for various charitable organizations, the Rotary Club, and is an officer in the Knights of Columbus. 

Gerald D. Wantz

Jerry WantzGerald D. Wantz, Vice President of Operations, joined the Spring Grove organization in October 2012.  Prior to joining the Spring Grove Family, Mr. Wantz held the position of President and CEO at The Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, OH.  Mr. Wantz began his long career in the cemetery industry in 1974 as a summer laborer at Hill Grove Cemetery in his hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio. 

Mr. Wantz has attended Wright State University and Ohio State University.  He is Past President of the Greater Cleveland Association of Cemetery Superintendents and Officials and the Ohio Association of Cemetery Superintendents and Officials. He holds the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA) industry designation of Certified Cemetery Executive (CCE).   

Mr. Wantz and his wife of 36 years, Cheryl, are proud parents to two children, and they are delighted to be first-time grandparent to a beautiful granddaughter born July 4, 2012.   

 

Michael H. Burke

Mike BurkeMichael H. Burke, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, joined the Spring Grove organization in June 2013. With over 30 years of executive level experience in Cemetery and Funeral operations, Mr. Burke has led some of the largest and most respected firms in the United States, including The Palm Mortuary Group, Las Vegas, NV, Memorial Park of Memphis, TN, and Woodlawn Cemetery and Funeral Home Group in Orlando, FL. Mr. Burke will be leading Spring Groves Family Service and Advance Planning Agency Teams along with Marketing responsibilities.

Recently, Michael was awarded Honorary Status from the University of Memphis and The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association for his 25 years of student development while serving as Dean of The Land Management College and ultimately elected to The Chancellor governing 7 Colleges of The I.C.C.F. A. University for 6 years.  He attended Seminole State College and Valencia College in Florida with studies in Landscape Design and Business Management. Mr. Burke has served on State Cemetery Associations in FL, TN, KY, LA, GA and AL in disciplines covering Legislation, Ethics Committees and Cemetery Compliance standards.

Being indirectly involved with many staff members over the years at Spring Grove and Gwen Mooney Funeral Homes, Michael is very proud to have finally have landed at the premier Cemetery and Funeral Organization in The Unites States. Spring Grove has always held a very special place in Michael’s heart .

In his time away from work, Michael and his wife Brenda enjoy fishing, reading, traveling and spending time with their Shetland Sheep Dog.

 

Obituaries

William "Bull" Droppelman, 78
Born: Wednesday, March 02, 1938
Died: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clyde Humphrey, 92
Born: Monday, May 05, 1924
Died: Monday, November 28, 2016

Stanley "Dan" P. Meyer, 89
Born: Friday, September 30, 1927
Died: Monday, November 28, 2016

Howard Brockman, 91
Born: Wednesday, February 25, 1925
Died: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Alvera Plogsted, 95
Born: Sunday, June 12, 1921
Died: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Upcoming Events

Dec 20Grief to Peace / Spring Grove
Dec 27Grief to Peace / Tri County