John “Denny” Dennis Sullivan, 82, of Kellogg, Minn., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center in Plainview, Minn.
Denny was born April 8, 1939, in Wabasha, to John and Agnes (Holland) Sullivan. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1957, where he was active in basketball and FFA. After the death of his father in 1959, Denny took over the family farm as the third generation. On April 25, 1964, he married Virginia Shiek and they farmed on the family farm all their married life. They had one son, Tim.
Denny was active in the Wabasha county and state Soil and Water Conservation Boards for over 20 years. He served as state board president in the mid-1980s. He was also active on the Watopa Township and Wabasha County Fair Boards for a number of years.
After 30 years of dairy farming, he started a herd of Black Angus cattle. He enjoyed many years of attending shows, sales and meetings with friends and family. He spent numerous hours mentoring and guiding youth in their livestock projects. Denny was proud to help start many families with their cattle herds over the years. Denny's love of animals included his cross back donkeys. All who knew him knew he used donkeys to halter break cattle, giving demonstrations at the State Fair. He was also successful in saving a pair of twin donkeys and their mother. His highlights were being named the 1990 Wabasha County Farm Family of the Year and the Minnesota Angus Breeder of the Year in 2010.
Denny is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Tim (Carol); grandchildren, Sadie, Wyatt, and Schuyler Sullivan, West Concord, Minn.; sisters-in-law Margaret Huberty, Janice (Dave) Marshik, Linda (Gary) Kobilarcsik, Suzan (Ronnie Mills) Rief, Barbara Bartz; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Denny was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law John Houghton and Alan Huberty.
Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Plainview with Father William Becker officiating. Visitation is Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview and one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting the family with arrangements.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Denny Sullivan, please visit our floral store.