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Family of man killed in logging accident say he was 'kind-hearted'

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Casey Schlundt (family photo) Casey Schlundt (family photo)
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon family is mourning the loss of one of their own after a logging accident in Tillamook County on Wednesday.

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s office says that Casey Schlundt, 32, died when an unexpected log shift caused a cable to break. Investigators say the logs and Schlundt fell about 50 feet, killing the Philomath native.

On Sunday, Susan Cooley shared pictures of her son from her daughter’s home in Newberg.

“This would be right after work,” Cooley said with a laugh. The image showed her son with dirt on part of his face.

She says Schlundt loved the outdoors and was always out hunting, fishing, or logging.

“He was very outdoorsy, he liked hunting, fishing all those types of activities,” said Cooley. 

Cooley says Schlundt grew up in Philomath. She says since a young age, he had always been interested in forestry. 

Schlundt spent several years working in central Oregon for Cessna but when the company moved, Schlundt moved back to the west side of the state where he began logging again.

Cooley added that her son took pride in his work and his death has been tough on many.

“I know that logging is dangerous, we hear about it all the time,” Cooley said. “But it is different when it hits you or hits your family.”

Now, they are left wondering why this happened.

“He had so much more to live, so much more to offer and you know, it’s all wiped away in just a few seconds,” Cooley said.

A memorial is being planned for Schlundt. For more information and how you can help out, click here

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon OSHA are investigating the incident.

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