Sherwood urologist known for his hair, cowboy boots passes away
Sherwood has lost a beloved doctor.
Dr. Charles Edward Skeeters, a urologist known for his red hair, cowboy boots and sense of humor, passed away April 2 at the age of 79.
Skeeters passed away on April 2, from complications from Lewy body dementia.
After moving from Indiana to Oregon, he finished his urological residency at what is now Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. From 1974 to 2015, he practiced urology, primarily at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin.
"He loved living on his farm in Sherwood," Skeeters' daughter, Carole Skeeters-Stevens, said in describing her father. "He was really proud of that part of his life. He was just a presence that you felt coming a mile away."
Skeeters also loved being a doctor, as well as a grandfather, Skeeters-Stevens said.
"As he reached retirement, he really enjoyed his grandchildren," Skeeters-Stevens said, noting he is survived by seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. "They were just really the light of his life."
Skeeters-Stevens said her father had the ability to put patients at ease.
"He had the gift of gab, which always made him run a little bit late," she said. "Patients would be waiting for him for hours on end, but he was so good that they would wait. When you finally got that time with him, he made you feel like you're the center of the world."
One of his many patients, Chris West of Sherwood, had high praise for Skeeters.
"He was a country doctor," West said. "When you went in for your consult with him, he had his white coat on, but he had blue jeans, a big belt buckle and cowboy boots on."
Skeeters had the ability to put a patient at ease, according to West.
"He put you at ease with his manner and his humor," West said.
Speaking of humor, West admits to being part of an exclusive club among Skeeters' male patients.
"I'm a member of the 'I've Been Skeetered Club,'" West said, referring to men who have seen Skeeters for vasectomies.
West continued, "I referred probably 10 people to him, and I probably know double that that saw him for the procedure."
A fellow urologist, Dr. Tom Hatch, who currently practices at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, vividly remembers Skeeters.
"For many years, probably 15 years, we worked together at Meridian Park Hospital," Hatch said, adding, "Ed Skeeters probably had the kindest heart of anybody I've known. He gave of himself in every way, shape and form."
Hatch continued, "He had the skill of talking to somebody who was frightened and worried and giving him piece of mind."
Noting that Skeeters was also known for his house calls, a practice that has become less common over the years, Skeeters-Stevens said, "I would describe him as really an old-school doc."
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