LICENSED STAFF


William P. Spence, Licensed Director/Supervisor
Email: wspence@spencefuneralservices.com
Website: www.spencefuneralservices.com
Office Phone: (717) 664-2270
Fax: (717) 664-2101

Experiencing his grandmother’s funeral as a young boy impressed upon Bill the value of a meaningful funeral service.  As a young widowed mother of four she struggled to provide for her family, yet she and her family were shown such respect by the people at the funeral home when she died.  Bill remembers how nice she looked, the beautiful flowers that were sent by caring people, and the dignified procession driving slowly to the cemetery.  That day a seed was sown in a young life.  Becoming a funeral director has allowed Bill to help other people honor the life and love they have for those special to them.

A native of western PA, Bill graduated summa cum laude from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  Prior to relocating to Elizabethtown in 1994, he was employed by Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home in Indiana, PA.  In Elizabethtown, he was employed for 11 years as a licensed funeral director by the former Frank S. Miller Funeral Home.  Bill is also a graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business management.  Bill is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association where he serves as Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Manheim and past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7390.

He and his wife, Brenda, are active members of Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim where they serve as deacons and church clerk.  

Frank S. Miller, Licensed Funeral Director
Email: fmiller@spencefuneralservices.com
Office Phone: (717) 664-2270
Fax: (717) 664-2101

Frank is a fifth-generation funeral director and returned to being an actively licensed funeral director with Spence Funeral Services in 2015 after some years of pursuing other interests. He was a previous owner of the Frank S. Miller Funeral Home, Inc. in Elizabethtown which had been owned and operated by 5 generations of the Miller family for 133 years.

Even though Frank’s interests including many passions, his most dedicated and continuing focus is that of helping others. For years, he has used a George Eliot quote on his personal card which states, “What do we live for it not to make life less difficult for each other?” As Frank says, the quote is also represented in Philippians 2:4 ESV “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

By coming back to the funeral profession to work alongside of Bill Spence, a man who had previously worked for Frank, opportunities are available for him to again serve others as he did when he was in business.

Frank’s interest in being a funeral director started at a very young age as he started helping and learning about life around the funeral home from his father and grandfather during early school days. It soon was the way of life he wanted to pursue. As he became licensed and later purchased the funeral home from his father, he realized that helping others during their beginning days of grief was exactly what he was to be doing. He often looks back on his days at the funeral home and appreciates the opportunity he has now to continue that service to others.  

Frank and his wife, Linda, live in Elizabethtown, and some will remember their son, Frank, who is director of special events in Ocean City, MD, as well as their daughter, Jenny, who has had a long professional career with Milwaukee Ballet Company. They have four grandchildren, and are associated with the John S. Sell Memorial Chapel at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown.

Among other activities, Frank is a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City. He attended Elizabethtown College and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown. With years of education in the field of grief and bereavement, Frank has written a manual for police training on death notification, and recently has put those thoughts into a local pamphlet series for helping subsequent survivors.


Joshua A. Keith, Funeral Director Intern
Email: jkeith@spencefuneralservices.com
Website: www.spencefuneralservices.com
Office Phone: (717) 664-2270
Fax: (717) 664-2101

Joshua is originally from McSherrystown, PA and a 2006 graduate of New Oxford High School.  When his mother became ill during his high school years, he recognized his deep passion for helping people during difficult times.  This experience set him on a path in nursing care which resulted in him earning a Certified Nursing Assistant Certification as well as Emergency Medical Technician Certification.  After working in various positions in the nursing profession, his journey eventually led him into hospice care. His passion for walking alongside hurting people grew deeper as he helped those facing end of life experiences. After meeting various funeral directors, Josh realized this journey he had been on was leading him to become a funeral director. He attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Funeral Directing & Embalming.

Currently, Josh is a Licensed Funeral Director Intern with William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services where he is learning the skills needed to make him an effective and compassionate funeral director.

Josh and his family are currently residents of Mount Joy. In his spare time, when he has some, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Jessica, beautiful and funny three-year-old daughter Addilyn “Addi,” son on the way, Greysen, and their cat, Lucy. You can often find Josh and his family at many of the local restaurants or find him in his yard tinkering around.  It is important to him that he is able to encourage others by making them laugh or smile.

Spence Funeral and Cremation Services is delighted that Josh has brought his passion and dedication for helping others to the Northwest Lancaster County community.