The Staff

Michael Nearents (Owner/Operator):

Michael Nearents is a lifelong resident of the Okanogan County and has had over 25 years experience in funeral service.  Michael graduated from Okanogan High School in 1979.  He began working in 1983 under the guidance of Henry Precht (who founded "Precht's Funeral Home"  in Omak in 1946 ) and his son, Ted Harrison.  He worked for Henry and Ted at the Precht-Harrison Chapel in Omak, Barnes Chapel in Okanogan, and the Precht's Methow Valley Chapel in Twisp as an apprentice funeral director and embalmer.

He attended Wenatchee Valley College graduating in 1986. Michael then attended Mt. Hood Mortuary College and became licensed in funeral directing and the embalming arts.  Working for Henry Precht and Ted Harrison until he took over the ownership of the funeral home in 2002 and it became known as the "Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel".  Michael promises to provide compassionate and caring service to the families and their loved ones we are entrusted to serve.

Glenn Graves (Funeral Director and Crematory Operator):

Glenn Graves is a funeral director at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel in between Omak and Okanogan and the owner/operator of the Okanogan County Crematory. He began working at the funeral home after graduating from Okanogan High School in 1999 when there was a summer job available mowing the cemetery grass and setting memorial markers around the area. After graduating college in 2004, obtaining his bachelors degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in the study of World Religions, Glenn was licensed by the State of Washington as a funeral director and now works alongside his father-in-law, Michael Nearents at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel. At the end of Spring 2006, He completed the construction of a state-of the-art crematory facility that is located just outside of Omak and Okanogan on the ranch that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1917. One of the rare aspects of the particular cremation service that is offered through P-H-N Chapel is that the families will be able to speak directly with the person who will actually be performing the cremation right here locally. Having the 1st local crematory meant that families no longer had to deal with the extra costs, uncertainties and risks involved with having their loved ones taken all the way to Spokane or Wenatchee in order to be cremated. This unique aspect of our funeral home not only gives people the peace of mind knowing that someone local can now accomplish the cremation process in its entirety, but also provides families with the small town caring and reliability at a time when they need it the most.
Left to Right: Susan Graves (Marker Sales Specialist), Richard Rozales (Grounds Manager), Michael Nearents (Owner/Mortician), Amanda Graves (Record Keeper), Glenn Graves (Director/Crematory Operator)