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; including the families and friends we serve as they go through the process of loss and grief.

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Preston Childress Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDIC
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Debbie Stingley Reception/Administrative Assistant
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Terri Zerby Pre-need Family Counselor
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Chloe Pitzer Building and Grounds Manager
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Katie Harmon Reception/Administrative Assistant
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Shayna Nicely Funeral Apprentice/Practicum
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Morgan Story Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Becky Shupe Funeral Apprentice/Practicum
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Mike Phenix Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Brian D. Friend Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike Phenix, Jr Business Account Manager
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Joe Lessert Support Staff/Vocalist

Preston Childress

Funeral Director/Embalmer, FDIC
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Preston Childress grew up in South East Kansas.  He is an Air Force veteran, having severed in Cairo, Egypt, during Desert Storm.  He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Service.  He spent the early part of his career in Tulsa, before moving to Amarillo, TX, to teach Funeral Service at Amarillo College. 

After returning to Tulsa, Preston taught business management classes and was a personal chef and caterer, before returning to the funeral service industry.

Preston has served on numerous committees and as a board member of several non-profit organizations.  Currently, he is a member of the American Legion Post 14, Ponca City Noon Lions Club and serves on the Ponca City Main Street Organization Committee.

Debbie Stingley

Reception/Administrative Assistant
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Debbie moved to Oklahoma in the early 80’s. Was employed in the

Automotive industry for 30 years.

 

Debbie enjoys crafting with the cricut machine. Also, her four little dogs

Max, Missy, Dakota, and Joe keeps her busy.

 

Debbie started with Trout Funeral Home in 2018.

Terri Zerby

Pre-need Family Counselor
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Terri relocated from Norman Oklahoma where she worked with special needs children. She is a wife and mother to four children and has a passion for serving those in her community. She will serve as our family service counselor focusing on pre-arrangements and cemetery inquiries. Terri is dedicated to serving our community's needs with integrity and compassion. She is eager to meet and help assist you with all your pre-arrangement needs.

Chloe Pitzer

Building and Grounds Manager
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Chloe has lived in Ponca City for 46 years, graduating from Ponca City Schools. She is a mother to three beautiful girls, and a grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren. Chloe has been in lawn care service for over twenty years.

She started with Trout in 2016 and keeps up with the lawns, buidlings, vehicles, and works as a funeral assistant as needed. Chloe enjoys being with her grandchildren, crafting, and sewing.

Katie Harmon

Reception/Administrative Assistant
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Katie was born and raised in Perry, graduating from both Perry High School and Oklahoma State University. She currently serves as an administrative assistant at Trout Funeral Home of Perry.

She lives on a farm with her husband, Lyle and two children.

Shayna Nicely

Funeral Apprentice/Practicum
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Shayna relocated from Arkansas City Kansas. She is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma out of Edmond Oklahoma. She is a single mother of two boys. Her favorite past time is fishing and spending time with her boys. 

Morgan Story

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Morgan grew up in Edmond and attended the University of Central Oklahoma. While working for her bachelor’s degree in Funeral Service, she was an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Sigma Phi Sigma, and the UCO rowing team. She has been working in the funeral industry since 2016 and started her career in the OKC Metro area. Being a natural caregiver, she felt that it was her calling to serve grieving families in their time of need. During her time off, Morgan enjoys going to the lake, golfing, and spending time with her two dogs, Murphf and Charlotte.

Becky Shupe

Funeral Apprentice/Practicum
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Mike Phenix

Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Mike Phenix is the owner of Trout Funeral Home. He is a 1976 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, receiving his Oklahoma State Embalmers and Funeral Directors license in June of 1977.

Over the years, Mike has worked under some of the best funeral directors in Oklahoma. Some of his mentors include the late Fred L. Albert of Fatheree-Albert Funeral Home, the late Wayne Patterson of Patterson Funeral Home, Ben Primrose of Primrose Funeral Service, Bobby Smith of Smith Funeral Home, Ernest Trout and Steve Huston of Trout Funeral Home. Mike is the former owner of Fatheree-Albert Funeral Home in Erick, Oklahoma.

Mike and his wife, Jo, purchased Trout Funeral Home along with Resthaven-Sunset Memorial Parks in January of 2003 from Steve and Terry Huston.

Mike is a member of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Tippers Club, and has previously served on the Marland Estate Commission, and the Poncan Theatre Board of Directors. He is a member of Northeast Baptist Church.

Brian D. Friend

Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Brian is originally from Prague, OK where he graduated and went to OSU/Okmulgee and received his AAS degree and went to work for Ditch Witch. He change careers and went back to school and completed his Bachelors Degree in Funeral Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Brian was an active member of Sigma Phi Sigma (Funeral Service Fraternity) and served as President for one year. Brian currently is the Funeral Director in Charge of the Trout Funeral Home of Perry.

Brian is a medic for the City of Perry at the Perry Fire Dept., and Youth Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church youth. He is married to his wife Buffy. They reside in Perry and have four children.

Mike Phenix, Jr

Business Account Manager
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Joe Lessert

Support Staff/Vocalist
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Joe is the son of MG and Virginia Lessert. Joe is a caring individual who has a big heart for the families he serves. He also helps with a majority of the cosmetics. Joe is fantastic vocalist and graduate of the University of Oklahoma.