November 16, 2017 - Shirley Thomsen


Shirley Thomsen, 1928-2017

MITCHELL, SD – Shirley Gail Thomsen, 89, died peacefully at her home on November 16th, surrounded by her family. 


A 47-year resident of Mitchell, SD, Shirley worked tirelessly alongside her husband, the late Gordon Thomsen, to help create what was to become Trail King Industries, Inc. Although Gordon received much of the applause and recognition for this accomplishment, Shirley was the quintessential "woman behind the man." With quiet strength, humility, and plenty of hard earned business know-how, Shirley was indispensable to Trail King's birth and eventual growth into a world-class manufacturing company,


Throughout their almost 70 years together, Shirley was "the rock" upon which her entrepreneurial husband flourished… as she grounded him, and their entire family, in the things she deemed truly important in life: faith, family, and friends.


A rather private person, Shirley may have been well-known only by a few. But, through all her years in both business and private life, countless people were touched by her grace, kindness, and generosity.


Shirley Thomsen was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon. She is survived by 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.