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Procopio Peter Madrigal

March 27, 1936 — April 27, 2021

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Procopio Peter Madrigal, 85, of Grandview, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Roeland Park, Ks., surrounded by family. Peter was born March 27, 1936 in Tanganccuaro, Mexico, to Procopio Madrigal and Virginia Pimentel.
Pete came to the United States in 1944 at the age of 8, where he and his family settled in Argentine, Kansas. He began working on the farms before and after school. He loved to play basketball and often had to ask for time off from his brother to practice and play. In his Freshman year he was one of the top scorers of the season and helped the team win the Junior High City Championship. Pete also loved to run and joined the track team in his Sophomore year where he added more medals to his collection. Eventually he met Elizabeth A. Munoz and married in October of 1956. They immediately started a family and had five children.
Pete became an offset pressman for Constable-Hodgins Printing & Lithography Co., Inc. He would help Mr. Hodgins in his personal time. Pete continued his career with The McWhirter Company Printers in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and then Gemaco before retiring.
In his spare time to support his family and his passion for sports, Pete began refereeing little league football with the South Suburban Junior Athletic Association [SSJAA]. He would also return to his love of running and often go off for 10+ mile runs. Not only did he want to stay in shape, but he felt at peace when he ran. Pete expanded into refereeing high school football, basketball, soccer and volleyball and later college basketball. He was recognized by his peers and coaches for over 33 years of service.
In February of 1997 he and 49 other Mexican-American men were inducted into the Kansas City Mexican American Basketball Hall of Fame at Penn Valley College. It was the first annual induction ceremony organized by the Guadalupe Center as a memorial commemorating sportsmanship, goodwill, competitive spirit and past athletes.
Pete has been featured in the book gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations (Harry J. Getzov, 2011) where he discusses the importance of his family. He was also pictured in a video for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's program entitled Pleibol in the Barrios and the Big Leagues produced & narrated by Dr. Gene T. Chavez, Ed.D., Curator for the Kansas City Museum.
Pete is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; brother Joe Madrigal (Helen); sister Velia Salazar; step-sisters Teresa Cottini and Esther Murguia; sister-in-law Julia Madrigal; 5 children, daughter Mary Brown, son Michael Madrigal (Sharon), daughter Rachel Wirtz (Jim), son Paul Madrigal, daughter Amy Ulloa (James); 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Procopio & Virginia Madrigal; step father Pamuseno Calderon; brothers Jesus, Frank, and Luis Madrigal and step brothers Ramon & Satch Calderon.
Rosary will be at 10 am and Funeral Mass 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, 2 E. 75th St, Kansas City, MO 64114; social distancing and mask wearing is required. Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Kansas City Hospice Foundation (KCHPC), 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 2 E 75th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 10:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 2 E 75th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Forest Hill Cemetery 6901 Troost Ave Kansas City, Missouri 64131

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