Love, support pours out after long-time Cape Central coach Terry Kitchen dies

Long-time Cape Central coach passes away

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - An icon in Cape Central athletics has died.

As graduate of Cape Central in 1970, Terry Kitchen served a coach for Cape Central High and Cape Junior High, as well as the Cape Central Athletics Director.

Coach Terry Kitchen died on Monday, Feb. 4 after a long battle with with cancer.

Coach Kitchen’s wife Barbara said he passed away peacefully with family at his side.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church of the Heartland, 720 Bertling Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Funeral service will be held at Christ Church of the Heartland at 11:00 a.m.

Heartland Sports 10pm 2/5

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the Terry W. Kitchen Male Athlete Scholarship. (There is already a scholarship for female athletes, so now there will be the same opportunity for male athletes.) The scholarship account has been established at First State Community Bank at 2527 William Street in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Cape Public School released a statement after the death of Kitchen.

Our hearts are heavy after the passing of a Tiger legend, our longtime colleague and friend, Terry Kitchen.  Over the last 40 years, Coach Kitchen has touched the lives of thousands of students, staff, and members of our community, always sharing his love for life and everything Cape Tigers-related.  He had the gift of making everyone feel special, and could spark enthusiasm in any room.  We would like to extend our condolences to Coach’s family, and want to take a moment to thank them for sharing this larger-than-life figure with all of us.
Cape Public Schools

Terry Kitchen’s son and current Cape Tigers baseball coach Tatum Kitchen posted about his father’s passing on Facebook.

The baseball and softball complex at Cape Junior high is called the Terry Kitchen Athletic complex in his honor.

Coach Kitchen touched many lives throughout his time with Cape Central. Many former Tigers gave their condolences and shared their memories about coach Kitchen.

Dentist and former Cape Tiger Ross Bennett recounted his experience and what he learned from coach Kitchen.

Cape Central High School announced Kitchen’s passing and said he will be forever remembered in the hall of Cape Central.

Christ Church of the Heartland also announced news of Coach Kitchen death on their Facebook page.

The Cape Girardeau City Council honored the coach:

At last night's meeting, the entire City Council had a Pepsi in honor of Cape Central High School Coach Terry Kitchen. ...

Posted by City of Cape Girardeau Municipal Government on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

KFVS Sports Director Todd Richard thanked Coach Kitchen for his amazing kindness, spirit and positive attitude.

The girls swim team honor coach Kitchen and wins big, taking home the hardware. (Source - Cape Public Schools)
The girls swim team honor coach Kitchen and wins big, taking home the hardware. (Source - Cape Public Schools)

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