Mike Morado, Sr., 90, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away January 18, 2012. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery. Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, January 21, at Christ the King church in Kansas City. Memorial contributions were made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mike was born April 12, 1921, in Dodge City, Kansas to Juan and Rosa (Rivera) Morado. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army European theatre where he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Mike retired from the United States Department of Agriculture as a supervisor. He had many memberships such as GI Forum, Mana of De Kansas City, LULAC, Hispanic Advisory Board of Kansas City, Governor’s Advisory Board in the 80s, Fiesta Hispania, D.A.V., the VFW, Advisory Board at Saint Augustine School, New Horizons Assistance Corp., Postal Customer Advisory Council and the Regional Director of IMAGE, Kansas City. He was also a former member of Saint Augustine Church and later Christ the King church.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters and one brother.
He is survived by his children, Michael Morado, Jr. and wife Doris, Gloria Morado Tirado, Richard Morado, Rose Morado Magers and husband Dr. Michael Magers, Joseph Morado and Raymond Morado; 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 8 a.m. my wonderful daddy, Mike Morado, passed away.
He only stood five foot one, yet he was the strongest, smartest and most intelligent man I knew. When he spoke, people listened.
My dad was fair, honest, a good listener, loved God and had a great sense of humor.
I always thought he would have made a great lawyer or even a surgeon. After all, when my siblings or I needed to be stitched up, we did not go to the hospital. My dad did it. I can still hear him saying, ‘Just hold still.’
Instead my father chose to dedicate his life to human rights — rights of women, children, the elderly, the poor, farmers, people in his church, Hispanics and his neighbors.
My dad loved people and always wanted to help. He had a lot of great resources and made many good friends.
My dad called upon their friends many times for help. Former Mayor Richard Daly, Sr. of Chicago, IL, Former Mayor Emmanuel Clever of Kansas City and Mr. Alvin Brooks of Kansas City.
My parents also knew and marched with Reverend Martin Luther King many times in Chicago during the Civil Rights Movement.
My father had a magnetic personality. He was always surrounded by people asking him questions or wanting his opinion. He made a great guest speaker.
In May 1987 my father retired from his supervising position with the Department of Agriculture where he was a grade 12. My mother was dying of cancer and he wanted to be with her and take care of her. On October 3, 1987 my beautiful mommy, Rachel, passed away. She was 56.
While cleaning out my dad’s house after he passed away, we came across so many of his awards — Board of Directors of New Horizons Assistance Corporation, Board of Directors of the Marlborough Manor Housing Corporation for the Elderly, public relations chairman and volunteer for the Widowed Persons of Kansas City, Postal Customer Advisory Council, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, chairman of the Governors Advisory Council of Hispanic Affairs for the State of Missouri, Education Committee of Greater Kansas City, Federal Executive Board of Commissioners on Human Relations, Hispanic employment program manager for the USDA and Regional Director for National Region VII of IMAGE.
There were so many more. It had been so long since I had seen them I had forgotten.
My dad also wrote a lot of notes — notes to himself, my mom, my sister, my brothers and one to God.
He had asked God to forgive him for the things he had to do to survive during World War II.
In October 1944 my father, Mike Morado, was a scout with the Company K, 410th Infantry in Marseilles, France during the European Campaign. I am proud to say my dad received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
The best advice my dad gave me was God is number one. Always have a plan B. Keep humor in your life. Education is the key to everything. Hard work is your best reward. Listen with your heart.
My dad loved strawberry jelly peanut buster parfaits, Whoppers from Burger King and chocolate cake. His favorite TV shows were America’s Funniest Home Videos and Hoarders.
About a month before my dad passed away, he said he had seen my mom around the house. In the kitchen, at the front door and standing by his bed. He asked me if I had seen her. I said no. He said he speaks to her but she only smiles. Yesterday he asked her to dance, but first she would have to help him get up. She smiled. Should I have known what was happening?
I heard him talking to his parents — sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish — and he sang. That was the last time I heard his voice.
I want to believe that on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 7:59 a.m. my beautiful daddy saw someone he knew, got up and decided to go with them.
I love you, my daddy.
Rose Morado Magers