On Christmas day 2002, our wonderful dad and grandfather passed away quietly, with loving family gathered about him.
He is now with his sweetheart of over 50 years, Lucinda Ruth (Woolf), who preceded him in death.
Kenneth Cleon Madsen (75) was born October 31st, 1927, in Salt Lake City, one of eight children. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1952 on an aircraft carrier. Ken and his beloved Ruth were wed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on May 20, 1946.
They raised five children Steven K. (Adrienne), Lucinda M. Johnson (Marty) and twin Lucille M. Nielsen (Jay), Gordon C. (Gaylene), and RuthAnn M. Tobias (Serafin). They were adored by their 24 grandchildren and eight greatgrands. They were preceded in death by their parents and grandson Jay Patrick Nielsen.
A person of many accomplishments, Kenneth will be best remembered as the most loving, happy, and generous person we have ever known. He never knew a stranger. His hundreds of friends, grandchildren, and countless acquaintances have long been enthralled with his fascinating tales, sparkling wit, his uplifting encouragement, and his beautiful loving manner.
He is likewise admired for his artistic accomplishments: He worked for Famous Artist Schools and the International Exchange School, organizing and directing art history civilization tours to foreign countries; having taught art at the Queen Mary College in London, also aboard two cruise lines, and in Europe as well as in the U.S. His works are in the collections of notables ranging from Gregory Peck to many foreign dignitaries to governors and an American president. In addition, he served as director of the National Independence Day Festival and Parade in Washington, D.C.
A man of faith, Kenneth has also been totally committed to the LDS Church, where he has served in numerous capacities, ranging from Elders Quorum President and counselor to Bishop Leo Vet Anderson to Stake High Councilor. He has said, "I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and pray that we can all be together forever in the hereafter."
The Friday, Dec. 27th viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy. The Saturday viewing will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the church, immediately prior to the services.
The funeral will be at noon on Saturday, December 28th, 2002, in the Butler 1st Ward, 2700 East 7000 South, S.L.C. Interment, Larkin Sunset Garden Cemetery in Sandy, Utah.