Aug. 4, 2015 - Jill LaVay Sparby, 60, of Hutchinson, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Augustana Dassel Lakeside Community Home in Dassel. Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

Clergy officiating was Pastor Mark Richardson. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Congregational hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Rock Of Ages” and “Beautiful Savior.” Special music was “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong. Honorary bearers were nieces, nephews and her day care kids.

Jill LaVay Sparby was born Oct. 11, 1954, in Montevideo, Chippewa County. She was the daughter of Harold and Donna (Folkestad) Rasmussen. Jill was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She received her education in Montevideo and was a graduate of the Montevideo High School Class of 1972.

On June 18, 1983, Jill was united in marriage to Kenneth “Ken” Sparby on a train in Corona, S.D. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Kyle and Lucas. Jill and Ken resided in Hutchinson. They shared 32 years of marriage.

Jill owned and operated a day care in her home in Hutchinson for 20 years. She was a member of Christ The King Church in Hutchinson. Jill was a Cub Scout leader for four years.

Jill enjoyed watching Minnesota sports teams, scrapbooking and riding motorcycles. Jill enjoyed traveling, especially to the Bahamas. She loved day care visits from her former children and her pet grandpuppies. Jill especially cherished spending time with her family and friends.

Jill passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Augustana Dassel Lakeside Community Home in Dassel, at the age of 60 years.

Blessed be her memory.

Jill is survived by her husband, Kenneth Sparby of Hutchinson; sons, Kyle Sparby and his fiancée, Jayme McEdward of Hutchinson and Lucas Sparby of Chicago, Ill.; stepson, Kristopher Sparby of Rochester; sisters, Lorrie Spray of Milan and Holly Fox and her husband, Tom of Champlin; brothers, Dale Rasmussen and his wife, Mary of Montevideo and Bradley Rasmussen and his wife, Lorraine of Montevideo; brother-in-law, Danny Sparby and his wife, Vicki of Buffalo; many other relatives and friends.

Jill was preceded in death by her grandmother and grandfather Folkestad; parents, Harold and Donna Rasmussen; parents-in-law, Grant and Virginia Sparby; sister-in-law, Joyce Symens; brothers-in-law, Raymond Sparby and Dale Spray.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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