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Vincent Shallbetter, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Elim Home in Milaca, MN.  He was 85 years old.

A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

INURNMENT will be in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

MEMORIALS are preferred to Kanabec County Conservation Club- Take a Kid Fishing ( mail to: PO Box 121- Mora, MN 55051 )

Vincent Lewis Shallbetter, of Milaca, formerly of Mora and Crystal, Minnesota; passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9pm; one day after his 85th birthday.

Vince was born on October 16, 1935 to Robert and Elizabeth (Marquis) Shallbetter in Mpls, MN; being the first born son of this union. Vince graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1954.

Vince met Sandra “Sandy” Schmock at Sacred Heart Catholic church and they became engaged in 1954. Vince volunteered for the draft and became a Morse code interceptor in Korea. After serving two years, Vince was honorably discharged and Vince and Sandy were united in marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Robbinsdale, MN in June of 1957. With that union four children were born, Gary Shallbetter (Carolyn) of Champlin; Brian Shallbetter (Jean)of New Prague; Barbara (Todd) Sjoberg of Mora; and Kimberly Shallbetter of Champlin. After 31 years of marriage the union was dissolved.

Vince met and married Mary Swee (nee. Tews) and her three children were added to the family; Dawn Swee of Mora; Brent (Glinda) Swee of Butterfield, MO; and Darin Swee of Mora.

Vince began his employment in 1944, at an early age he began working at the family meat market in Mpls. In 1952, he was working at Bob’s Meats and then in 1956 at Johnson Meats both in Mpls. In 1958, he worked at Johnsville Packing Company in Johnsville. In 1962 Vince opened his first meat market in Hopkins. After two years he sold the meat market in Hopkins and moved the family to Pueblo, CO. Vince worked at Gus’s meats while in Colorado. The family then returned to Crystal, MN. At this time Vince went to work with his father at “Shallbetter Distributing” in Golden Valley and together they drove sausage trucks (Salzburg Sausage Company) and delivered all types of meat products to grocery stores though out the Twin Cities area.

In 1967, Vince went on his own in to the Sausage delivery business and “Shallbetter Distributing” in Crystal was born. He then started Xtra-Fine meats in 1973 and a second meat market located at 46th and Central Ave.NE in Columbia Heights.

Vince and his family decided to make their cabin their home and also moved the meat market to Mora in 1976. This was Vince’s 3rd meat market, an off branch of the Mora meat market. The “Ye’ Old Smokehouse” in Milaca was also added as Vince’s 4th meat market. “Shallbetters Meats” in Mora was owned and operated by Vince until 1987. After the meat market was closed, Vince went back to “Shallbetter Distributing” and delivered his famous beef jerky, sausage and pizzas to many retail locations. Vince did this for several years until his retirement in 2015

Vince’s hobbies and passions were fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and had a love for anything outdoors. Vince’s biggest catch was a, 8 foot Mako Shark off of the coast of Santa Barbara, CA. He shared his love of fishing with the youth in the Mora area as he founded and coordinated with the Kanabec Conservation Club “Take a Kid Fishing Day” for nine years.

Vince loved people and always could tell a very good joke and was a great story teller.To once again satisfy the community’s love of Vince’s famous Xtrafine beef jerky; Vince along with his wife Mary, bought a camper and sold countless packages of his Jerky in many flavors. They were set up for 9 years in the summers on the corner of Hwy.65 and Hwy 27 at Woodland. Together they also traveled to many outdoor festivals and events in Minnesota and Iowa selling the famous jerky. A highlight of the jerky stand when a customer who would stop by often and load up on the jerky he would send it off to his military troop. He would say this stuff is“Always a Treat”

Vince is survived by his wife Mary of 31 years; his children; grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) Sjoberg, Jason (Mellissa) Sjoberg, Ryan Sjoberg, Tanya (Jeffery) Erickson, Jennifer (Patrick) Schneider, Ondrea Shallbetter, and Dylan Swee; great grandchildren, Ingrid and Margret Sjoberg, Raylan and Robert Sjoberg, Ava and Hunter Erickson, Edward and Clara Schneider; sister Jeanne( Lowell Parrish) Rivard of Coon Rapids; brothers Theodore (Alice Sample) Shallbetter of Pueblo, CO and Kenneth (Gertrud) Shallbetter of Brooklyn Center; many nieces and nephews and their families as well as many, many other relatives and friends.

7 thoughts on “VINCENT L. SHALLBETTER”

  1. My most sincere condolences to Mary and all of Vince’s family. I have many good memories of times spent by Harold and me with Vince and Mary at “Take a Kid Fishing” and generally enjoying each other’s company. Vince always had a good story to tell. He will be remembered fondly.

  2. I didnt know your dad but from What I’ve heard and read he was a great man, husband, and father. Dads rock .

  3. Just the nicest man, I remember going into the meat market in Mora, of course for the beef jerky, I only had so much money, instead of putting the piece he grabbed for me back cuzz I didn’t have enough money, he said here, enjoy it.
    I know you’ll be back for more.
    It is still by far the best beef jerky I have ever had.
    Rest in Peace sweet man.
    Prayers to the family.

  4. Diana & Jim Dahl

    Vince delivered pizza to the Fish Lake Resort when we owned it and couldn’t wait to hear his” joke of the day”. Our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Vince was a true one of a kind. It was very special for me to sell his products in my bait shop on Medicine Lake. His stories were hilarious, his jokes were side splitters. He went out of his way many times to stock the shop. Jerky, pizza, candy and chips. He instilled his special gifts into his kids, grandkids. Quite the legend there. Very hard working and proud man. Went duck hunting with him in North Dakota. He beamed with pride. Deer hunting, fishing, meat cutting, smiling, joking. He taught the sons well and the daughters kept it all balanced. I’m proud to have known him and even make the top ten list. Thanks Vince!

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