Linda Lou Thorson


May 11, 1939 - November 16, 2020


Linda Lou Thorson, 82, of Groton, SD formerly of Mitchell, passed away quietly in her sleep on Monday, November 16th, 2020 surrounded by her children. Due to COVID restrictions, a private funeral service will be Saturday, November 21, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, Nov 21 from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at the Gothland Cemetery in rural Beresford, SD.

Linda was born May 11th, 1939 to Isabelle and Bob Wells of rural Beresford, SD where she was raised on a family farm along with her brother Keith, her grandma (Grannie) and grandpa. Linda loved the farm. She grew up on a saddle; winning countless horse show events before being crowned Sioux Empire Rodeo Queen in 1956. She continued to ride well into her retirement years. Linda attended a small rural country school build by her grandfather before attending Beresford High School where she graduated in 1957. She received a full scholarship from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Linda was involved in music and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority House. After two years in the big city, the country in her called her home where she finished her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls with a degree in education. In 1961 she was married to Gerald Thorson.

Linda was employed for many years at Geyermans of Mitchell where she became interested in fashion. She loved her clothes and jewelry. Later she was hired by Casey’s where she managed stores in three states. She retired in 2014 and spend many happy years in Mitchell with her P.E.O. sisters. Linda was also an active member of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee and was very involved in volunteer work with her church at First Lutheran in Mitchell. In 2017 she moved into an apartment at Rosewood Court in Groton, South Dakota before spending her final days at Aventara Nursing Home. Her 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren were the love of her life attending sporting events as well as other activities. Nothing made her happier than watching her kids at play. Her passion for life and love of family will be greatly missed!

Linda is survived by her three children: Scott (Ann) Thorson of Andover, SD, Kim (Greg) Laasch of Florence, MT, and Chris (Jerrice) Thorson of Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren: Joshua Thorson, Daniel Laasch, Alexander Laasch, Samuel Thorson, Matthew Thorson, Sydney Thorson, Luke Thorson, Leif Thorson and Avery Thorson; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Keith (Carol) Wells of Salem, SD.



Saturday, November 21, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, November 21, 2020


Gothlind Cemetery
Rural Beresford, SD

Posted by Mark Sieler on December 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss Scott and Kim. Will put your mom in my prayers.
Posted by Larry Jackson on November 21, 2020
I have fond memories of Linda. Thoughts and prayers to Skip and Keith.
Posted by Janet Carter (cousin) on November 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you. My brothers Jack, Jerry and I have many fond memories of our summers with her on the farm in Beresford. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Kara, Todd, and Diesel Anderson on November 20, 2020
Our sincere condolences. I enjoyed spending time with her at Rosewood. She liked to see me also which included Diesel. (That's who she really wanted to see).😊Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Posted by Audrey Imsland on November 20, 2020
Luke and families, I enjoyed visiting with Linda while I was employed at Avantara Groton as a Dietary Aide. May your memories help guide you through this difficult time in your lives. With deepest sympathy.
Posted by Kleve & Tonya Klingaman on November 18, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Chad Pederson on November 18, 2020
Chris and entire family, I’ll always carry warm memories of your mom. Our group of friends always seemed to be at one another’s houses clowning around through our junior high and high school years, and your mom always welcomed us and laughed at our ceaseless antics. We drank a lot of Shasta pops at the Thorson house! Happy memories.
Posted by Valerie Melmer on November 17, 2020
Kim and Scott and your whole family, i have nice memories of your whole family. Your mother was such a beautiful lady with an amazing smile! I'm sure you will miss her. Thinking of you all and praying for you.
Posted by Julie (Geyerman) Koth on November 17, 2020
Linda was a treasured staff member at Geyermans. Her co-workers and customers loved her. I will always have fond memories of her.
Posted by Cindy Anderson Hagen (cousin) on November 17, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy to Linda's entire family. The kindest, sweetest and most beautiful person, inside and out. I have a photo album filled with photos of Linda at competition ( all in gorgeous outfits) My parents thought the world and all of Linda and how much joy she and Keith brought to Minnie and Howard.
Posted by Jerry Hansen (cousin) on November 17, 2020
You have my sympathy and I assure you Linda’s memory will live on and on and on. God Bless you all
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