Noted Madison builder, Elks leader and big-game hunter Kenneth F. "Ken" Sullivan died Friday.
Sullivan, 97, was born on a farm in Marshfield in 1908, one of six children. He moved to Madison in 1927 to learn the carpentry business and married Virginia Carey in 1930.
He started a construction business, the Kenneth F. Sullivan Co., in 1937, making store fronts and fixtures. Five years later, the company became incorporated and began doing commercial and industrial construction.
Some notable buildings constructed by the Kenneth F. Sullivan Co. are the UW Natatorium, Edgewood Campus School and Regina Hall at Edgewood College, the Physics and Astronomy buildings at UW-Whitewater, and the 1950s remodeling of St. Raphael's Cathedral, which recently burned down.
Sullivan sold his company in 1971 but remained as a director and adviser for many years.
Sullivan had been a member of the Elks Lodge since he was 30. He became Exalted Ruler of the Madison Elks Lodge No. 410 in 1949 and State President of the Wisconsin Elks Association in 1955. He also held the title of District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler and served ten years as a trustee of the Wisconsin Elks. Under his leadership, the Madison Elks were able to move to their current building on Lake Monona.
Sullivan was also an avid fisherman, big-game hunter, outdoorsman, and gardener.
He leaves behind two daughters, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.