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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Love for football runs in the Midgyetts' blood

  • The Chillicothe Hornets will be missing one of their biggest fans in the stands at the football game tonight. Avid football fan, Robert Midgyett, passed away this summer on June 17th at the age of 77 from his 15 year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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  • BY BRITTANY TUTT btutt@chillicothenews.com
    The Chillicothe Hornets will be missing one of their biggest fans in the stands at the football game tonight. Avid football fan, Robert Midgyett, passed away this summer on June 17th at the age of 77 from his 15 year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Robert left behind a wife of 41 years, Bonnie Midgyett. Robert also had two sons and a daughter: Shane Midgyett (38), Shawn Midgyett (passed away at 38), and Letonia Midgyett (34). According to Bonnie, when Shane was playing football at Chillicothe, Robert would go to every home game as well as every out of town game no matter what the weather was like. Bonnie said Robert was never a fan that would yell and scream; he always stayed pretty calm. Even when his son, Shane, had a bad game Robert would always say, "Even professional players have bad games. There will be other games," according to Bonnie. Shane is now about to graduate from Missouri Western in Saint Joseph, Missouri in December and wants to become a football coach and / or get into the physical training field. Shane has a wife, Cathy, and five children: DeEll (17), Danielle (16), Kayde (14), Silias (7) and Destinee (1). On top of school and a family, Shane also has a job in Chillicothe as a barber and is interning with the Chillicothe football team by helping out the coaching staff. Bonnie said Robert always told him to "never give up" and "the best is yet to come." Bonnie said it will be hard to not have Robert at Shane's graduation this year. Robert was a hard worker, according to Bonnie. He was employed at Donaldson's for 33 years and retired in 2000. Robert was always in charge of the football pools Donaldsons would have. Bonnie said the only time he would miss work was if he was in the hospital. Bonnie even recalls Robert walking to work one day when the snow was so deep he couldn't get his car out of the driveway. Another example of Robert's resilience was when his daughter Letonia was a Chillicothe Homecoming queen candidate and Robert still escorted her onto the field even though he was just released from the hospital that very day. Bonnie said every time she questioned Robert's strength, Robert would give her that "shut up" look. Letonia also blessed Robert with a granddaughter, Maliq, who is 12. "It'll be okay. Be courageous," is something he always said to people that were going through a hard time according to his wife Bonnie. "That's one thing I miss the most about Robert. I miss his quiet spirit and his reassurance that everything will be okay," Bonnie said. Bonnie also misses the way he used to turn up the television volume extremely high. "Every Saturday and Sunday he would watch football and you might as well not even try to change the channel," said Bonnie. Bonnie calls granddaughter Danielle, "Grandpa Junior" because she loves to sing just like her grandpa did. Bonnie said she knows Robert really wanted to see DeEll play his last year of high school football and to watch Kayde play freshman football. "He will be watching from heaven," she said.

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