Robert R Mooers, M.D., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the age of 88. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, beloved father, and respected physician who cared for many in the Roseburg community.
Born on July 9, 1925 in Portland, Oregon, to Raymond F Mooers and E Dymon Povey Mooers, Bob grew up in a logging camp near Cathlamet, Washington. After serving in the US Army during WW II, he returned to the Northwest for college at the U of Oregon in Eugene, and then medical school in Portland, graduating in 1952. He met his lifelong companion Mary Helen Harford on a blind date arranged by his brother David and Mary’s sorority sister Roberta Kelley. Bob and Mary married in Seattle on June 21, 1952. After his internship, Dr. Mooers moved to Roseburg where he first worked at the VA Hospital. He then opened his solo practice in a small office on Harvard Avenue, later moving to an office building he designed and built on Corey Court across from Roseburg High School. He cared for patients for forty years until closing his practice in 1993.
Many remember Dad’s practice of “old-fashioned” family medicine; he delivered babies, set broken bones, met patients in the emergency room, rounded at both Mercy Medical Center and Douglas Community Hospital, assisted in surgeries and occasionally made house calls. He did his best for any and all that came through the door. He answered calls on his home phone in the days before beepers, cell phones, and answering services. He taught his kids how to take messages. Dad found respite from work at the “phoneless” beach cabin in Bandon or on the slopes of Mt Bachelor. He was fortunate to share call and coverage with Dr. Louis Michalek and to have devoted office staff.
Bob was a “fix-it” person. Home wiring, shelving, sprinklers, woodworking; he did it all with the tools at hand. The kids were recruited to paint the home and office, and to weed the dreaded juniper. Any project worth doing was worth doing “yourself.”
Dad’s wife Mary was a loving and caring partner, raising four children and running the household while Dad practiced medicine. Dad appreciated Mom’s good cooking. He enjoyed the outdoors, pheasant and deer hunting, salmon fishing, skiing with family, and playing golf. He was a tireless Oregon Ducks football fan, loyal even during the “dark years” in the 70’s and 80’s. He never tired of road trips in the Northwest. A restless energy propelled him; he drove everywhere even when he could have flown. Only the ocean prevented him from driving to Maui in his later years.
We are grateful for the lessons Dad taught us, and the example that he set. Our father valued hard work and modest living. Dad set high expectations at work and at home. He worked hard, expected us to do the same, and encouraged us to do our best. He valued education and appreciated art and music. He never tired of reminding us of the difference between wants and needs.
Mom and Dad were inseparable, sharing sixty years together. Our family is grateful for Tender Home Care, whose staff helped us keep Mom and Dad at home until Mom’s death two years ago. We are grateful as well for the attention and care of the Emeritus at Manor House staff who kept Bob comfortable this past year. Both Mom and Dad died quietly and peacefully with comfort and dignity.
Bob is survived by his children: F Bruce (Shireen), Molly (Ron), R David (Pam), Brian R (Mary E). Also 8 grandchildren; David P, Brian R, Kevin, Alex, Sara, Eric, Sally, and Dylan. His sister-in-law Roberta Mooers also survives him. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Mary Helen Mooers, brother David G Mooers, brother-in-law Dudley Walton, and sister-in-law Alice Walton.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of Dr. Mooers on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 823 SE Lane, Roseburg. Immediate family will gather earlier that day for a private burial at 11am at Roseburg Memorial Gardens Valley View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg (www.pbcrose.org) or the OHSU Medical Student Scholarship Fund (contact Sadie Williams, OHSU Foundation at email@example.com or call 503-552-0689).
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