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.

Our History

Our funeral home has been an integral part of the community since World War II, and it has always been our goal to care for the residents of the Columbia Basin with a community-minded, family-oriented approach. Bill Nicoles originally purchased the funeral home from LeLand Plots in the 30's. He added on to the building in order to have accommodations for a chapel. Mr. Nicoles served the Ephrata community throughout WWII and for many decades thereafter.

A Legacy of Caring

From 1988, the Precht family purchased the firm and the funeral home was staffed by Funeral Director Jim Irving, with his wife, Verna who provided the office support. They worked side-by-side, until Jim passed away in the mid 90's. Verna continued to put her energies into the business, and in 1992, she was joined by her daughter Susan. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Susan brought her youthful perspective, energy, and deep compassion into the firm – while continuing that tradition of caring begun by her parents.

Into the New Century

In 2005, Kevin Precht purchased his family's interest in the Funeral Home and continued to operate it while working to bring new offerings to families, such as video tributes, after-service receptions, and helping families prearrange funerals. In 2011, Susan stepped into semi-retirement, and owner/funeral director Kevin Precht serves the needs of the families in Ephrata, Soap Lake, Quincy, Moses Lake, Coulee City, the Columbia Basin and surrounding areas. “We consider it an honor to be allowed to assist those who turn to us for care. We are dedicated to professional service, and every family that comes to Nicoles receives the most attentive care possible.” In 2011, Kevin added the support of Bea White, and her husband Mike to continue the caring efforts that every family deserves. They work together to accomplish the family's needs during such a difficult time.

Our Valued Staff

Kevin Precht

Kevin Precht, Owner/Funeral Director

Kevin is proud to be a third generation Funeral director, and funeral home owner. Prior to becoming a funeral director, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from the University of Washington. He then pursued the completion of the course work involved in earning the Associate of Applied Science degree from Apahoe College, Mortuary Science program. He completed all course work in 2003, and obtained his Washington state licenses in funeral directing and embalming. In 2006, he purchased the Nicoles Funeral Home from his uncle.

Bea White

Bea White, Funeral Director

Bea was raised in Buckley, Washington where she graduated from White River High School. She married her husband Mike the same year she graduated which is when they made the decision to move to Grant County in 1999. They have four children; Samantha, Devon, Haley, and Skylor who attend school in Soap Lake. Bea attained her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Jones International University in June 2014. She also completed her associate degree through Arapahoe Community College in Mortuary Science in August 2017. She is active in the community and is a member of the Ephrata Rotary Club. She is on the committee for the Youth Parade, the Rim2Rim Tournament, and also delivers dictionaries to third graders in Soap Lake. Getting kids active and bringing quality of life to the community is important to her. She began working at Nicoles Funeral Home in July 2011. When she is not working, her time would be spent with her family, gardening, camping, swimming, or participating in community events.

Mike  White

Mike White, Cemeterian and Funeral Assistant

Mike was raised in Ephrata and graduated from Smokiam Alternative High School. Mike married his wife Bea in 1999 and they had four kids; Samantha, Devon, Haley, and Skylor. He was employed in lawn maintenance for several years before settling down at Valley View Memorial Park in April 2008. In 2011, Mike began working at Nicoles Funeral Home to ensure families received the support they needed. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, camping, and barbequing.

Kathy  Reynolds

Kathy Reynolds, Removal Technician

Kathy moved to the Columbia Basin in 1986. She started working for Valley View Memorial Park in 2007 and currently still works on call for Nicoles funeral home. She is married to Tim and they have three children, son, Michael and two daughters, Amanda and Alisha. Kathy is retired from Soap Lake School District. She loves to go camping and snowmobiling.

Brian Ross

Brian Ross, Prearrangement Specialist

Brian Ross is the Prearrangement Specialist at Nicoles Funeral Home. Brian is a licensed Life Insurance Agent. He lives in Cashmere, Washington and is married to Sarah Ross and they have four children, daughter, Ashelyn and three sons, Drew, Adam and A.J. and two granddaughters. Brian is active in his church and community events. Brian enjoys spending time reading, camping, fishing and being together with family and friends. Brian consults with families about the value of preplanning for burial or cremation and develops plans to meet their needs. Brian can be reached by phone at (509) 664-6187.

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen, Removal Technician

Jeff was born and raised in Soap Lake. He attended Ephrata schools and graduated from Ephrata High School. Jeff and his lovely wife Erin have 5 children; Sam, Bryon, Kristina, Brook, and Cody. He is employed with the city of Ephrata as a foreman of the parks and cemetery for 27 years. He enjoys camping, boating, and spending time with his family and grandkids. Jeff began working for Nicoles Funeral Home in May 2015.

Chad Gouge

Chad Gouge, Embalmer

Chad Gouge is the Funeral Director/Embalmer at Nicoles Funeral Home. Chad has more than 27 years of experience. Before joining Nicoles Funeral Home in 2012, he worked at several funeral homes in Texas, Alaska and Washington State. Chad is highly skilled in the art of embalming and cosmetology. He received his Associates Degree from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. Chad enjoys spending time camping, fishing in the great outdoors. Chad is always available to serve and help families address any of their concerns.