William Schubert

Dr. William "Bill" W. Schubert, 63, prominent and beloved local physician, passed away from complications of Fabry's Disease Saturday, March 6, 2010; at his home with his wife Janet and his family by his side. He was born the oldest of 3 children of Walter Albert Otto Schubert and Evelyn Viola Swan Schubert in Britt, Iowa. Bill valued his agricultural roots growing up on a farm in the Midwest. He grew up on the family farm in Iowa until the age of 14 when he moved to Kansas City, Missouri. He proudly operated John Deere tractors and could fix just about anything. He attended North Kansas City High School and graduated in 1964. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Park College, Parkville, MO in 1968 receiving a B. A. in Chemistry. He was accepted at the University of Missouri School Of Medicine in Columbia, MO graduating with his Doctor of Medicine in 1972. He served a General Surgery Internship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC from 1972 to 1973. Dr. Schubert completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee, in Memphis, TN. from 1973 until 1976. Dr. Schubert was a certified member of the American Board of OB/GYN.

Following his training, Dr. Schubert moved to Pocatello in September of 1976 to enter private practice and worked professionally from 1976 until present. In his service to the greater Pocatello community, he entered private practice with Dr. Donald Dyer as Dyer and Schubert MDPA from 1976- 1982; as William W. Schubert MDPA from 1982-1999; and as a partner at the Pocatello Women's Health Clinic from 1999 until present. Dr. Schubert was instrumental in establishing of the Prenatal Clinic. This collaborative hospital and community effort with Bannock Memorial Hospital, his fellow obstetricians and family physicians provided care to all underserved pregnant women in Southeast Idaho. For his efforts, he won the Robert Wood Johnson National Award.

He valued his professional and personal relationships. He was compassionate and kind in delivering nearly 6500 babies during his professional career. His voice was calm and reassuring to his dear patients and they blessed his life with their many letters and cards of gratitude for his work.

William W. Schubert married Janet Lee on February 14, 1999 in Pocatello, ID. They celebrated 11 years of happiness together and she caringly helped him through the trials of illness that he suffered. Concurrent with his education and career he was blessed with seven children whom he loved and cherished: Kristen, Stephen, Betsy, Kathryn (mother Mary Jane Riley), Joseph, Emily, Liberty (mother Katrina Schubert), and Janet's three sons Jeffrey, David, and Michael. He was very proud of their educational achievements totaling 8 bachelor's degrees, 4 master's degrees and 1 currently enrolled as a junior in college. His faith was strengthened by Janet's sons LDS mission experiences.

Bill was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints later in life and had many close friends in his ward family. Bill enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and traveling in his motor home. He appreciated the arts and enjoyed singing in the choir with rich bass voice.

Medical staff memberships included Portneuf Medical Center (Bannock Regional Medical Center), active staff; Wellness Committee; Rocky Mountain Surgery Center, active staff; previous Chief of Staff Portneuf Medical Center; and OB Department Chairman. Dr. Schubert was a member of the American College of OB/GYN; American Medical Association, member and past delegate; Idaho Medical Association, member and past delegate, Southeast Idaho Medical Society; member, founding member and current president of Medical Resources of Idaho.

Dr. Schubert is survived by his wife, Janet, of Pocatello, Children: Kristen (Frank Moedinger) Schubert, Bonn, Germany; Stephen (Katherine) Schubert, Seattle, WA; Betsy Schubert, Portland, OR; Emily Schubert, Dublin, Ireland; Kathryn Schubert, Brooklyn, NY; Liberty (Nick) Pirrung, Orange County CA; stepsons: Jeffery (Julie) Lee, Salt Lake City, UT; David (Jennifer) Lee, Las Vegas, NV; and Michael Lee, Provo, UT; two brothers: Jeffrey ( Sadie) Schubert, Timothy (Debbie) Schubert, both of Missouri, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his dedicated staff at PWHA: Adele Anderson, his devoted office nurse and receptionist, Rosey Erickson and Laeloni Prescott who claim to be his very best friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Joseph Schubert.