History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.



River Valley Funeral & Cremation proudly carries on a tradition of service to our communities that began 75 years ago with Henry Precht, then Ted Harrison and finally  Michael Nearents known as the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.

River Valley Funeral & Cremation  combines the services of the Okanogan County Crematory and the facilities formerly known as Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.  It is because of this combination between more than adequate facilities, a local crematory and our genuinely caring, professional family staff that allows for River Valley Funeral & Cremation to provide the most accommodating and affordable funeral and cremation service available to our communities.

Whether it is just the basic services that are needed or if the family desires a memorialization that calls upon traditional mortuary services, River Valley Funeral & Cremation is by far the most flexible, affordable and understanding choice for those in need.

We pledge to honor a loved one in whatever way that a family may deem appropriate in order to help them get through the most difficult of times.

Our Valued Staff

  • Glenn Graves

    Glenn Graves Director

    Glenn Graves is a Director and Partner at River Valley Funeral & Cremation. Glenn is also the owner/operator of NCW Pet Cremation and the Okanogan County Crematory. He began working at the funeral home after graduating from Okanogan High School in 1999. 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 worked 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 where his family still resides.

  • Patrick Delfeld

    Patrick Delfeld Director

    Patrick Delfeld is a Director and Partner at River Valley Funeral & Cremation. Patrick graduated Okanogan High School in 1999. After High School Patrick served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. A combat veteran, he served in the Infantry participating in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. After his honorable discharge Patrick began working for the Federal Government where he served in a wide variety of management roles over his 17 year career. After a combined 21 years of federal service, Patrick took the opportunity to partner with Glenn Graves and open River Valley Funeral & Cremation. Patrick holds a B.S. in Business and a M.S in Business from Western Governors University.

  • Rick Rozalez

    Rick Rozalez Facilities Operations Specialist

    Richard Rozalez has served as the long time Facilities Operations Specialist at both the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and now at River Valley. In his position he has served the community faithfully for over 30 years with his extensive knowledge of funeral home operations and his willingness to do whatever it takes to help families in their time of need. In additon to his myriad of duties at River Valley, Richard also continues to maintain the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery and is a valuable member of the River Valley team.

  • Michael Nearents

    Michael Nearents Former Owner/Operator - Current Advisor

    Michael Nearents is a lifelong resident of the Okanogan County and has almost 4 decades of 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". In 2022 Michael passed on the opportunity to serve the community to his son-in-law who carries on the tradition of compassion and service with River Valley Funeral & Cremation. Michael's extensive experience and professional knowledge will be an invaluable asset going forward.