Bert Thomsen age 91 passed away Sunday, October 15, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bert Waldo Thomsen was born February 15, 1926, to Lauritz and Iscle W. (Embree) Thomsen on his grandparents farmstead near Crookston, Nebraska. He attended Sittin Up School, a one room grade school, situated along Sitting Up Creek, a short walk from the ranch. He attended and graduated from Wanblee High School in 1942. After High School he taught in a country school for two years and worked on the ranch. He enjoyed riding horses, hunting, and being outdoors.
In 1951 he enlisted in the US Airforce for 4 years during the Korean War. Upon being honorably discharged from the military, Bert attended and graduated from the School of Mines in Rapid City. It was at the School of Mines he met his wife Irma (Micki) Moen in 1958. They lived the majority of the rest of their lives in Arizona. First living in Tucson where Bert began his career as a Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. He continued his education and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona in Hydrology. In 1965 Bert and Micki began their family and moved from Tucson to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bert, a free spirit, enjoyed his later years traveling with his wife, working on his cabin, spending time with family, and returning to SD in the fall for pheasant hunting.
He is survived by his daughter Lisa Thomsen-Morrison and husband Keith, son Mark Thomsen, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, Sister, Vera Scharman; sister-in-law, Mary Thomsen; brother-in-law, Robert Holcomb and many nieces and nephews.
Bert was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Micki, brother, Allen; sister, Wanda Holcomb; brother-in-law, Franky Scharman; niece, Susan Thomsen, and baby brother Kenneth Vern.
Burial services will be in the spring at the Black Hills National Cemetery.