Allen Curtis Stenhjem aka “Rubyrnr”, age 82, of Helena Montana, passed away on August 18, 2022 after complications from surgery.
Allen was born on April 26, 1940 to Albert Curtis and Anna Mae Stenhjem in Sheridan, WY. After Allen graduated from Helena High School in 1958, he went on to work for MT State Dept of Transportation Road Design. In 1961 Allen married Jeanette May and had three children. After retiring from MTDT in 1989 he then became the “Best Bar Keep in Town” at U & I , Fox Ridge, and York Bar.
In 1999, Allen joined his life partner and best friend, Glenda Grover. Over the next 23 years, Allen and Glenda enjoyed traveling to Wendover, Cabo, Hawaii and countless memorable road trips. Glenda has stories of how some of those were a little nerve racking. They loved making Allen’s “Best Chili Ever” but Glenda will tell you, “He would never allow me to do more than chop the onions”. The days of sitting on the deck at Lakeside and discussing the next backroad to travel will be missed.
Allen was the road trip master & a social butterfly. “BIG AL EVERYBODY’S PAL” was known to draw a crowd with his funny wit and one liners. Some of his family’s favorites included “Put another log on the fire” and “I’ll have one more”. Allen was a member of the Nickel’s Raccoon Club and spent his days golfing, going to Car Shows, and spending time at Hunting camp with his many friends and all those he called family. For Allen, family was the most important. Some of his favorite pastimes were bird hunting on Roy Rogers Pass with his son and grandson, Lincoln trips to his brother’s cabin with the family, annual trips to Flathead Lake, and of course the huge family events. He loved being around those he loved while enjoying a Bud Light, or a few Keystones every now and then, with Willie Nelson playing in the background.
Allen was preceded in death by parents Curt and Anna Mae Stenhjem, sister Judy (Fred) Bakke, brother Cas Stenhjem, and daughter Kandice Mae Stenhjem. He is survived by life partner Glenda Grover (Mike and Shari), sons Tracy (Christy) and Todd Stenhjem (Carrie), brother Kevin Stenhjem (Cyndi and daughter Kindra), and grandchildren Austin Stenhjem (Maddie), Shelby Stenhjem, Chase Stenhjem, Cameron Stenhjem, and many loved nieces and nephews.
Allen’s celebration of life will be held at Nickels Casino on 2100 N Last Chance Gulch on Friday August 26, 2022 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Nickel’s Racoon Club, an organization Allen enjoyed.