Michael L. Gogerty

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011

Soldotna resident Michael L. Gogerty, 55, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at his home in Soldotna.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the American Legion Post 20, in Kenai.

Mr. Gogerty was born March 12, 1956, in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated high school and served in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he was an expert in firearms and a nurse. He later worked on commercial fishing boats in Dutch Harbor and was a journeyman roofer for over 20 years. He had lived in Anchorage before moving to Soldotna.

Mr. Gogerty enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting or anything to do with the outdoors. He was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and loved to throw Super Bowl parties. He loved to entertain family and friends with barbecues no matter what kind of weather. He loved plant life, any kind of plant life, including flowers.

"He was a compassionate man and would be quick to help someone in need. He was affectionately known as 'Deputy Dog' amongst those that were closest to him and was also very patriotic," his family said.

Mr. Gogerty was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley Gogerty.

He is survived by his wife Lizzetta; his sister, Susan Miller, of Palmer; brothers and sister-in-law, Scott and Maxine Gogerty, of Cicso, N.Y., and Jeff Gogerty, of Washington; grandmother, Margaret Zimmerman, of St. Paul, Minn.; sons, Kyle Gogerty and Cory Gogerty and a daughter from Scotland.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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