The Curry Coastal Pilot

Kensel M. Longcor

July 25, 1941-Feb. 27, 2014

Kensel M. Longcor of Brookings, passed away Feb. 27, 2014. He was 72 years old.

Kensel was born July 25, 1941 in Modesto, Calif., to George and Irene (Caudill) Longcor.

He married Elsie McNutt on Oct. 27, 1961, in Modesto, and together they had a daughter, Valarie.

Kensel was a hard worker, and worked for 20 years at Procter and Gamble, where he became manager of the warehouse before retiring.

Kensel was a proud member of the Nazarene Church in Brookings. He was also a man with a green thumb; he had an enormous garden of bonsai trees. His passion was growing and caring for bonsai trees, which he did for almost 50 years. He also enjoyed gold dredging and panning, and walking his dog Penny.

Kensel is survived by his wife Elsie; daughter Valarie Machiel Schmidter, her husband Bill, and their children Travis DeRose, Luke Schmidter, and Cody Schmidter; brother Ernie Longcor.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Irene; and a brother, Jim Longcor.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Nazarene Church, 1600 Chetco Ave., Brookings. A reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Brookings Harbor Christian School, P.O. Box 5809, Brookings, OR 97415.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.