History & Staff

Our History

Our history begins in 1903, when O. R. Woodyard Sr. one of ten children of a Methodist minister, growing up in the rural setting of Waterford, Ohio decided after the death of a sibling to pursue a career in the mortuary profession.

After obtaining his education, Mr. Woodyard became a licensed funeral director and established his first funeral home at 1346 S. High St. In 1944 Mr. Woodyard opened a second location downtown at 255 E. State St. Mr. Woodyard's son, O. R. (Jim) Woodyard Jr. joined the business in 1950 and after 10 years of working with his father opened a 3rd funeral home at 2300 E. Livingston Ave.

In 1985 the Woodyard family opened the 4th location at 2990 Bethel Road and a 3rd generation of funeral service started when Dean A. Woodyard became an officer and funeral director along with another key director Gary L. Drake - Woodyard.

For the last 20 years they and their staff have strived to carry on the heritage of service O. R. Woodyard started. In 2005, the company acquired Myers Funeral Home in Groveport, Ohio. Jerry Myers the previous owner had provided services to the Groveport community for over 60 years at a fair price.

This is what our goal has been and that is why we felt Myers Funeral Home would fit so well into our family. In 2008, after attending Capital Law School, the fourth generation, Devin Woodyard entered the business with a renewed desire to provide services to uniquely honor every family we serve.


Our Valued Staff

Dean A. Woodyard

Dean A. Woodyard, President


Gary Drake-Woodyard

Gary Drake-Woodyard, Treasurer


Devin R Woodyard

Devin R Woodyard, Vice President

After graduating from Bexley High School, Devin attended and graduated magna cum laude from the The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business with three specializations. He then attained a law degree from Capital University Law School where he graduated Suma Cum Laude. He joined O. R. Woodyard Co. Funeral and Cremation Service full time in 2008 as the fourth generation. In 2010 he took on a new objective to expand the services provided by O. R. Woodyard Co. to pet owners. In October of 2010 he debut Woodyard Pet Services. In 2011 Devin attained his Certified Pre-planning Consultant certification to provide expertise and professionalism to assist families in the process of advance planning. Devin lives in Worthington with his wife, Lauren and their daughter, Lilly and golden retriever, Stella.