John D. Madrid, 54, of Ottawa, passed away March 1, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa, followed by a visitation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, July 8, 1963, the son of Anthony Augustine Madrid and Carmenita Ann (Dodson) Madrid. He graduated from Hickman Mills High School, Kansas City, Missouri, with the class of 1981 and then attained his associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College—Longview campus.

John worked for his uncle at Dodson Aviation of Ottawa from 1981 to 1982. In 1982 he began working in Kansas City for the Internal Revenue Service. After two years there he began to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City. In 1987, John accepted an opportunity to come to the Ottawa area as a Post Office clerk where he worked for the rest of his life. John always greeted people with a smile at the Post Office and never missed a chance to catch up on the goings on of his customers and their lives.

John was united in marriage to Aracely Lascarro Molina of March 31, 2007, in Ottawa, Kansas. Aracely was the love of John’s life and he is the love of hers. They met through friends and exchanged many emails, which had to be translated by their computers in order for them to communicate, for a year before ever meeting. When John finally met Aracely in person he knew it was forever and the second trip to her home led to a proposal. Their love for each other was obvious wherever they were. They made each other laugh and smile bigger than either ever had before. Aracely survives of the home.

John was a wonderful husband but he was an even more amazing father for his two daughters, Brianna Sofia and Isabella Marie. They lit up his world. There was nothing he would not do for his little miracles. John enjoyed many things before he started his family. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. He had season tickets for many years and took many of his family and friends with him to the games for many memorable moments. He was also a big Royals fan and enjoyed summers at the ballpark. John was a very active traveler in his free time. He took trips to Japan, Europe, and many trips to his wife’s home country of Colombia, South America. But in recent years he enjoyed just swimming in his backyard on the weekends listening to Latin music that Aracely introduced him to and he just loved. John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa.

John is also survived by his wife, Aracely Madrid, Ottawa; two daughters, Brianna Sofia Madrid, Isabella Marie Madrid; his mother, Carmenita Madrid; three sisters, Etta Karnaze and her husband, Deacon George, Gloria Reichling-Madrid, Vivianna Whyte and her husband, James; a special uncle and aunt, Bob and Pam Dodson as well as numerous other uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Anthony Madrid and two brothers, Anthony Madrid, Jr. and Daniel A. Madrid.

Memorial contributions can be made to John Madrid Children’s Education Fund in c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Condolences may be sent through http://www.lamb-roberts.com