Our Staff

Michael R. Phelps

Owner/Funeral Director

A native of Winchester, Michael is a Virginia Certified Funeral Service Professional and is beginning his thirty-fifth year of service to the families of Winchester and the surrounding communities. After graduating from mortuary college in the mid 1980s, he received his practical training at the Pumphrey Funeral Home in Bethesda, MD.

Michael establishes the high standards by which Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service operates and oversees all of its operations. He is a lifetime member of Christ Episcopal Church and is an avid car collector and preservationist. He enjoys spending time with his Welsh Corgis, cooking and entertaining.


Travis L. Nesselrodt

Operations Manager/Funeral Director

Travis was born in Winchester and has deep roots in the community. His grandfather Ernie founded Polly’s Cab which is still in the family and his mother, Patsy Simpson, owns Thumper’s Daylily Farm in Frederick County. He grew up in Strasburg but graduated from James Wood High School. After college, he returned to Winchester to teach in Frederick County Public Schools and raise his family. He changed careers five years ago to funeral service and has since become the operations manager for the company.

He is married to Alli Di Giovanni, a teacher at John Handley, and they have a 3 year old son, Henry.

In his spare time he enjoys basketball, yoga, cooking, and spending time with his family.



Contact Information

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3744
Winchester, VA 22604
Phone: (540) 722-2424
Fax: (540) 313-4261

Funeral Chapel
311 Hope Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

Michael R. Phelps
Owner/General Manager
Funeral Director

Travis L. Nesselrodt
Operations Manager
Funeral Director
Monument Consultant

Charities for Memorials

Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service sends a memorial to local charity or house of worship of our client family’s choice following the funeral services for their loved one.

The funeral expenses do have to be paid in full before the contribution is sent.

This policy is consistent with our desire to give back to the community that we serve and we hope that our contribution will be of benefit to your organization.