Home to our Gourmet Deli
Featuring Speciality Meats and Cheese

How to Find Us?

On Highway 93, north of St. Ignatius,
take Main St. which winds south,
then eastward on Airport Rd.
(the first left turn immediately upon turning off the highway).
Head east approx. 1/2 mile on Airport Rd. –
Just past the airport, turn right on Watson, and head south
– we are located on the right.

We are just 45 minutes north of Missoula


Mission General Store was founded in 2003, in a roundabout way. Delbert Bontrager grew up in a large Amish community of Topeka, Indiana. He grew up eating well on a farm, with great small batch made food, very fresh produce, tasty meat & a variety of natural cheese from small production cheese makers. Always ready to sample something new, you could say Delbert has always been known as an eater.

At the age of 23 Delbert was lured to the mountains of Montana, which lead to a successful 12 year career as a log home builder. Delbert loved the western lifestyle, but something was missing during these bachelor days. When he wasn’t thinking of a new log home design, Delbert missed the tasty quality meats, variety of cheeses, spices and especially the quality of home cooked meals. Delbert liked to work with the public.

Ruth Bontrager entered Delbert’s life when she needed an adventurous change from her life in the Amish community of Shipshewana, Indiana. She had been a fabric store manager for a number of years, but was drawn to the beauty of the west. Delbert & Ruth soon met in the Montana Amish community of the West Kootenai, helping in the log home business office. After a few years a friendship grew (some folks claim they saw sparks), Delbert gave up his bachelor ways and was ready to start a new adventure. Loving the west, but missing tasty quality food, the newly married Bontrager’s moved to St. Ignatius to start a community store. The Bontrager’s goal was to make available to their neighbors the variety of wholesome food from a traditional Amish family table.

Mission General Store started as a discount grocery store – but quickly added a large deli featuring Troyer Meats & Cheeses, quality Wilcoxson ice cream by the cone, and great made-to-order deli sandwiches with freshly baked bread. You can find gourmet, Amish quality, small batch food, a large candy section (you can thank Delbert’s sweet tooth), specialty flours & other baking supplies, and a wonderful specialty spice section that would put most big box stores to shame. Recently, we have added a produce department that specializes in local produce when it is seasonably available. Mission General Store also has a fine selection of fabric & quilt making supplies, quality cookbooks, Amish crafted rockers, natural bulk foods, freshly ground peanut butter, & Dobson Creek Coffee.

Please stop by to say hello to DELBERT & share a recipe or quilting idea with RUTH

Our helpful employees are always ready with a smile & a thank you.

Please stop by to say hello to DELBERT & share a recipe or quilting idea with RUTH

Our helpful employees are always ready with a smile & a thank you.