Norman John Thorson: 1921-2013 |

Norman John Thorson: 1921-2013

Norman John Thorson, 92, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care in Belle Fourche, S.D.

Norman was born March 15, 1921, in Canton, S.D., to John and Inga (Bratlie) Thorson. He grew up and attended country school in Highland Township, was raised in the Lutheran faith and attended one year of high school at Augustana Academy in Canton. Due to lack of money, he quit high school and helped build the cabins at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands.

At the age of 17, he bought his first truck and started a trucking business with his brother, Charles. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and at “the Battle of the Bulge” as a tank driver. After the war he resumed his trucking business with his brother and also operated a feeding operation at their farm, and an International Harvester dealership and also a salvage business in Canton.

In 1960, he bought the Sheehan Truck Line in Bellle Fourche and operated it as Intermountain Livestock Xpress. In the late ’70s he sold the business and moved to Rapid City to truck with his son, Ronald, until his health forced him to enter into nursing home care.

Survivors include his wife, Nila Thorson, Belle Fourche; two sons, Ronald Thorson, Rapid City, and Steven (Tobi) Thorson, Belle Fourche; a daughter, Noreen (Clarence) Aadland, Belle Fourche; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Evans, Williams, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, and an infant son.

Graveside Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Black Hills National Cemetery with the Rev. Herbert B. Cleveland officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Black Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Sturgis.

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