Stephen Paul Schubert, 26, passed away on August 31st, 2020 after his battle with the malicious Kevin the cancerous glioblastoma. His journey down this mortal path has now taken him on to those white shores through the grey curtains of this life.
It all started in Orem Utah on a sunny day. Stephen began his journey on September 11th, 1993. He did need a little persuading to begin his first adventure though. The doctor delivered him through caesarean delivery but once he was set upon this adventure he went along with bravery, hope and always kept his feet firmly planted on the road back to his Heavenly Father.
Stephen may have taken a beating while traveling along his journey. Through a broken arm, a broken foot, two broken collar bones, a bad shoulder blade muscle, cysts, seizures, paralyzed left side, and cancer he never lost the path and faith in where that path was taking him. There were times he wanted to give in and he wished that his path didn’t take him down these hard roads, but no matter how hard things got he fought. He would stand his ground and shout to the darkness to do it’s worst and with simple acts of kindness and love he would push the darkness and despair back.
Eventually, he chose a path that would lead him to serve on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Iowa Des Moines mission from Dec 2012- Dec 2014. There, he met many people and helped them understand what path to take to return back to our Heavenly Father. While on his journey in Iowa he would find a star to guide him through the darkness that would befall him. This shining star named Missy would become his wife. On July 8th, 2015 they would journey down the path that would take them to the Ogden temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. She would become a light when dark was about him, and when all other lights seemed to go out. She held him up and was there being his support till the end. Some of his last words along his journey were to his wife about how beautiful she was and how he loved her.
Soon his journey turned from sunny days into raging storms that would drain him of his strength. He developed seizures and though weak at first they soon grew in strength till he confronted his greatest foe along this journey. This was the malicious glioblastoma, named Kevin. In Stephen’s fight against him he had two brain surgeries, many different types of chemotherapy and radiation but Kevin fought back by making him partially paralyzed on the left side of his body.
This fight would take him from his home that he and his wife bought and would drive them back to his parents’ home. There he would be surrounded by a fellowship of friends and family. He and his family will forever be grateful for the help of his fellowship of caregivers named Dr Howard Colman, Sean Strope PA and his therapists: Dan Stevenson, Wade Huff, Kyle Passey, Devery Larsen and Leslie May who gave their time, attention, knowledge and strength. His family were not far away and helped him through multiple brain surgeries and the paralyzing embrace of Kevin.
While he was deep within this fight with Kevin, Stephen lost one of his most trusted companions, his father. He became a beacon of hope and faith to all around him while he continued along his journey. He became the hero his mother needed to help her overcome the passing of his father. Even with this hardship he strived to keep his feet on the right path, even when only one was working correctly and to never lose trust in his Heavenly Father.
Stephen never imagined his journey would finish with him falling to cancer but he understood that it would not be the end. He has come now to his journeys end but we will meet again. We take comfort in knowing that he has been greeted by his father, grandparents and family who have waited for him. Even though we may miss him we know that death is a path we all will walk someday and when the curtain on this life rolls back we will again greet him with open arms upon a white shore with a far green country under a swift sunrise waiting beyond. He is survived by his wife Missy, mother Dorothy, siblings: Annalisa (Russell) Joseph (Octavia), Christopher (Stephanie), Kimberlee (Tanner) and Naomi. His in-laws Dave and Lucy Bevan, Nicole (Kurtis), Jeff (Amanda), Amanda (Joe) and grandma Priscilla. Along with his 14.5 nieces and nephews and dog Simba. As well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
There will be a public viewing on September 11th, 2020 to celebrate Stephen’s birthday with him. We would love for all who feel comfortable to come celebrate with us. The viewing will take place at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State street Orem, Utah 84057 from 6pm to 8pm (masks are required). The funeral will be the following day on September 12th, 2020. We wish that we could all celebrate together but due to the current pandemic that is not possible so please join us for the funeral by streaming at the link provided below starting at 11am.
In lieu of flowers please kindly make a donation in Stephen’s name to Huntsman Cancer Institute for brain cancer research through this link https://huntsmancancer.org/giving/.
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