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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Mike Phenix Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Preston Childress 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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Christina Fantasky Family Service Consultant/Pre-Planning
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Joe Lessert Support Staff/Vocalist
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Stan Hinshaw Support Staff

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.

Preston Childress

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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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 currently is the Funeral Director in Charge of the Trout Funeral Home of Perry.

Brian is a volunteer fireman for the City of Perry, and Youth Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church. He is married to his best friend and wife Buffy. They reside in Perry and have four children.

Mike Phenix, Jr

Business Account Manager
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Christina Fantasky

Family Service Consultant/Pre-Planning
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Chris has served in the funeral industry for over 25 years helping families pre-plan final funeral and cemetery needs. She is able to answer questions and solidifiy individual family wishes and desires, securing in place that final needs will be met. She loves being outdoors and singing karaoke.

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.

Stan Hinshaw

Support Staff
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Stan was born in Ponca City, OK, but moved to Bartlesville at an early age. After graduating from Bartlesville College High School he attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Technical Education with major emphasis in Electronics.

Upon graduation Stan served on two years active duty in the army in Nike Hercules Guided Missile defense. He then moved to Ponca City and was employed for 31 years and retired from the Research and Development Department of Conoco. He is also retired from the US Army Reserve.

Stan is married to Linda and has four children and three step-children. He is an active member of Northeast Baptist Church.

Stan has been associated with Trout Funeral Home since 2003.