About Us

Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

Walter & Lewis Funeral & Cremation Services

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Frank Lewis Owner

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Jeffrey D. Frantz Funeral Director & Embalmer

Jeffrey D. Frantz graduated with his Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1977.  He served his apprenticeship in Columbus and served as funeral director and embalmer at Tobias Funeral Home in Dayton from 1979 thru April 2018 when he joined the staff of Walter & Lewis Funeral & Cremation Services.

His hobbies include classic cars (1950 Studebaker Landcruiser) both driving and restoring, riding motorcycles with his wife Stacy, working with tools and building things, watching sports with a special interest in Ohio State football and playing with his pets.

"My love for the funeral profession came at the age of ten as a result of my grandfather's funeral and that passion has never wained"

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Lowell Stevens Associate

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Frankie Bennett Funeral Director & Embalmer

Frankie Bennett was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. A 2002 graduate of Clark Shawnee High School, attended Clark State Community College and completed her Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2006. She served her apprenticeship in Dayton, Ohio before returning to Springfield to join our staff in August 2007. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Jason and their pets.

"I am passionate about serving families and devoted to exceeding their expectations. To be able to provide a family with peace of mind in their most difficult times is something I take great pride in and am honored to have the opportunity to help them. We as funeral directors do more than just organize a meaningful service, we provide a source of comfort when a family needs it the most"

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Rebbecca Sule Funeral Director & Embalmer

Rebbecca Hamilton graduated with her Bachelor's of Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2007. She served her apprenticeship in Dayton, Ohio and served as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at a funeral home in Miamisburg before joining the staff here in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her family on the farm, being with her daughter, son and two dogs, and being outdoors whenever possible.

"Being a funeral director is what I always wanted to do. The privilege of serving families and making a difference by providing an opportunity for them to celebrate the life a loved one the way they want to is my calling. We also create a comfortable environment to start the healing process and this is a critical part of what I do."

 

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Beth Deere Office Manager

Beth Deere has lived in Champaign County for nearly 30 years. She is a graduate of Urbana High School and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. She worked as a staff writer for the Urbana Daily Citizen for over 15 years, also serving as editor of The Mechanicsburg Telegram for several years. She left the world of news in 2012 to join the staff of the funeral home as office manager. She enjoys serving the families of Urbana and Champaign County. Beth resides in Urbana with her husband, John, and children, Paige and Nathan.

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Roger Stillings Associate

     Roger is a great asset to the Walter & Lewis team. He is excellet with families and has a wealth of experience. Roger served six terms as Champaign County Sheriff and was the youngest County Sheriff ever elected in the State of Ohio (age 22). He is a life member of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and taught law enforcement for five years at the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, Piqua, Ohio.
     Roger is married  to the former Judy Anderson for 54 years. They have two grown children, five grandchildren and two great grand children.
     Roger is a member of the Urbana Free Will Baptist Church and is a church Trustee, a retired 30-Year member of Box 13 Fire Associates, active member of the Champaign County Community Emergency Response Team and active member of the County Health Department Medical Reserve Corp.
 

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Tom Todhunter Associate

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Charles Pendleton Associate

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Jan Murphy Associate

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Matt Vanscoy Associate

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Steve Goddard Associate

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Shirley Leopard Associate

Shirley was born and raised in Springfield, OH.  Graduated from Springfield South High School. She is  married to Robert Leopard, who was born and raised in Urbana and retired from International Harvester/Navistar.

Shirley worked for 10 years at Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Springfield and then chose to be a stay at home mom raising 3 boys and now has 4 grandchildren.  She later worked for Citizens Bank in Urbana & retired from Champaign County Title Dept. 

In retirement, she has worked part-time as a secretary for Messiah Lutheran Church and clerked auctions for her son’s auction business, Aaron Brown Auctions.

Shirley has been a member of Urbana Chapter #530 Order of the Eastern Star for over 30yrs holding many offices including Worthy Matron three times. She enjoys spending time sewing, reading, attending my grandchildren’s activities, going to bowling tournaments with my husband and just spending time with family and friends.  Of course, going on vacation anywhere is high on my list especially to the Smokey Mountains.

"I have always enjoyed being with people and interacting with the public.  Working at Walter Lewis Funeral Home since 2013 is a great fit for me. I am proud to be associated with such good people at a long standing funeral home."

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Mark Petty Associate

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Matt Foster Associate

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Allan Branstiter Associate

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Jack Couts Associate

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Michelle Stowe Associate

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Barb Branstiter Associate

Frank Lewis

Owner
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Jeffrey D. Frantz

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Jeffrey D. Frantz graduated with his Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1977.  He served his apprenticeship in Columbus and served as funeral director and embalmer at Tobias Funeral Home in Dayton from 1979 thru April 2018 when he joined the staff of Walter & Lewis Funeral & Cremation Services.

His hobbies include classic cars (1950 Studebaker Landcruiser) both driving and restoring, riding motorcycles with his wife Stacy, working with tools and building things, watching sports with a special interest in Ohio State football and playing with his pets.

"My love for the funeral profession came at the age of ten as a result of my grandfather's funeral and that passion has never wained"

Lowell Stevens

Associate
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Frankie Bennett

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Frankie Bennett was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. A 2002 graduate of Clark Shawnee High School, attended Clark State Community College and completed her Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2006. She served her apprenticeship in Dayton, Ohio before returning to Springfield to join our staff in August 2007. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Jason and their pets.

"I am passionate about serving families and devoted to exceeding their expectations. To be able to provide a family with peace of mind in their most difficult times is something I take great pride in and am honored to have the opportunity to help them. We as funeral directors do more than just organize a meaningful service, we provide a source of comfort when a family needs it the most"

Rebbecca Sule

Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Rebbecca Hamilton graduated with her Bachelor's of Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2007. She served her apprenticeship in Dayton, Ohio and served as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at a funeral home in Miamisburg before joining the staff here in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her family on the farm, being with her daughter, son and two dogs, and being outdoors whenever possible.

"Being a funeral director is what I always wanted to do. The privilege of serving families and making a difference by providing an opportunity for them to celebrate the life a loved one the way they want to is my calling. We also create a comfortable environment to start the healing process and this is a critical part of what I do."

 

Beth Deere

Office Manager
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Beth Deere has lived in Champaign County for nearly 30 years. She is a graduate of Urbana High School and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. She worked as a staff writer for the Urbana Daily Citizen for over 15 years, also serving as editor of The Mechanicsburg Telegram for several years. She left the world of news in 2012 to join the staff of the funeral home as office manager. She enjoys serving the families of Urbana and Champaign County. Beth resides in Urbana with her husband, John, and children, Paige and Nathan.

Roger Stillings

Associate
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     Roger is a great asset to the Walter & Lewis team. He is excellet with families and has a wealth of experience. Roger served six terms as Champaign County Sheriff and was the youngest County Sheriff ever elected in the State of Ohio (age 22). He is a life member of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and taught law enforcement for five years at the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, Piqua, Ohio.
     Roger is married  to the former Judy Anderson for 54 years. They have two grown children, five grandchildren and two great grand children.
     Roger is a member of the Urbana Free Will Baptist Church and is a church Trustee, a retired 30-Year member of Box 13 Fire Associates, active member of the Champaign County Community Emergency Response Team and active member of the County Health Department Medical Reserve Corp.
 

Tom Todhunter

Associate
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Charles Pendleton

Associate
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Jan Murphy

Associate
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Matt Vanscoy

Associate
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Steve Goddard

Associate
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Shirley Leopard

Associate
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Shirley was born and raised in Springfield, OH.  Graduated from Springfield South High School. She is  married to Robert Leopard, who was born and raised in Urbana and retired from International Harvester/Navistar.

Shirley worked for 10 years at Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Springfield and then chose to be a stay at home mom raising 3 boys and now has 4 grandchildren.  She later worked for Citizens Bank in Urbana & retired from Champaign County Title Dept. 

In retirement, she has worked part-time as a secretary for Messiah Lutheran Church and clerked auctions for her son’s auction business, Aaron Brown Auctions.

Shirley has been a member of Urbana Chapter #530 Order of the Eastern Star for over 30yrs holding many offices including Worthy Matron three times. She enjoys spending time sewing, reading, attending my grandchildren’s activities, going to bowling tournaments with my husband and just spending time with family and friends.  Of course, going on vacation anywhere is high on my list especially to the Smokey Mountains.

"I have always enjoyed being with people and interacting with the public.  Working at Walter Lewis Funeral Home since 2013 is a great fit for me. I am proud to be associated with such good people at a long standing funeral home."

Mark Petty

Associate
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Matt Foster

Associate
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Allan Branstiter

Associate
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Jack Couts

Associate
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Michelle Stowe

Associate
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Barb Branstiter

Associate
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