George B. Pfoertner, M.D.
1934 - 2014
George B. Pfoertner, M.D., 79, died at home on February 24, 2014. He was the oldest of 5 children born to Alfred and Ardel Pfoertner on June 13, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa. He spent his early life in Buffalo, NY., attended Blessed Trinity School, Canisius High School, Canisius College and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. George graduated in 1960 and joined the U.S. Army
. He drove across the country to his first assignment at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah where his love of the West began. His next assignments took him to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado over a 10 year active duty military career. From June 1967 to June 1968 he was Director of Medical Services at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam. George left the Army in 1971 and chose Boise to build a 30 year medical practice, specializing in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at St. Alphonsus Medical Center; he was also a Nursing Home Medical Director for several nursing homes over the years. George retired from his office and hospital practice on January 1, 2000 but continued his nursing home practice until 2004. He retired in 1983 from 12 years in the Idaho National Guard with the rank of Colonel.
George was an expert skier and fly fisherman and an avid reader. He enjoyed biking, Rugby, flying his Cessna and other small planes, loved his Idaho lifestyle and had friends from every walk of life. George and Janell Perkins were married in 1989. They spent many wonderful years at Sun Valley, fly fishing at Silver Creek, skiing on Baldy. George skied and fished many other mountains and streams in the West. He taught his son, George, to ski, fly fish and play Rugby at a young age.
George was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife Janell and beloved dogs Fonzi, Tashi and Buddy; son George B. Pfoertner, Jr. and wife Sally, grandchildren Eva Pfoertner and Karl Pfoertner; sisters Marilyn Gentry and Nancy Starr, brothers Alfred Pfoertner and Paul Pfoertner, numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Janette Perkins.
The family thanks Dr. Norman Zuckerman, his nurse Gina, Dustin Bowman, P.A., Cheryl Mills, Nurse Practitioner, nurses and volunteers of the chemotherapy suite at MSTI for their care, and our friend Diane Commons who was with us when George died. Thank you, Mark. You always met George at the MSTI reception desk with a personal greeting and a brief conversation. George always said, "I hope Mark is there today".
A viewing will be held at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Home on March 6, 2014 from 5-7 PM. A military honors burial service is planned for March 7, 2014 at 11 AM at the Veterans Cemetery on Old Horseshoe Bend Road, followed by a Celebration of Life in the fellowship hall at The Cathedral of The Rockies from 1-3:30 PM. Friends and family are welcome to share memories of the remarkable life and times of George B. Pfoertner, M.D.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contribution to The Nature Conservancy or the Idaho Humane Society in his name.