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Helmer K. "Shorty" Stenbak, 76, passed away Nov. 29, 2011, in Yuma, Ariz. He was born April 23, 1935, in Bowman County, N.D.
One wonderful sunny afternoon in April, Helmer and Genevieve "Jenny" Hayes, of Baker, were married in Miles City.
Shorty spent most of his adult life in the trucking game. He started as a grease monkey, became a driver, then supervisor, and eventually an area manager. In 1988, Shorty started Tod-Mor Transportation as an agent for Harlan and Nora Ockler of H Bar N. Since 1998, he and Jenny spent winters relaxing in Yuma and summers working at the King Ranch Golf Course in Frenchtown, Mont.
Shorty was preceded in death by his son, Lt. Duane Stenbak in August 1990; and baby, Steve in March 1957.
Survivors include his wife, Jenny; children, Joayne (Charles) Conrad of Loganville, Ga., Michael (Pat) Stenbak of Ridgefield, Wash., and Cynthia Stenbak of Belgrade; grandchildren, Stacy Parker, Paul Stenbak, Jody Hinsey, Jennifer Stenbak, Todd Conrad, Morgan Popp, Nicole Stenbak, Tracy Conrad, and Stephanie Mundt; and great-grandchildren, Malia Parker, Caleb Mundt, Jonah Stenbak, Shylee Deleo, Charlie Hinsey and Zoe Stenbak.
Shorty was never much of a "flower" guy, but you may make a donation in his honor to Hospice of Yuma, or to a
. This organization made it possible for him to be home and surrounded by his loved ones for the remainder of his time with us on Earth. To donate to Hospice of Yuma, please go to www.hospiceofyuma.com.
"Dad, you are the sunshine of our life and we will miss you!! You never met a stranger, and every child loved you. Thanks for being so great."
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2011