Emil Anthony "Dee" Dogali
Emil Anthony "Dee" Dogali passed away March 26, 2021. Dee was born in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, on January 20, 1930. In his early years, Dee joined the Army, where he learned the drafting and engineering skills that served him later in life. In the 1960s in California, Dee was engaged in aircraft design for McConnell-Douglas Aircraft, designing systems that were instrumental to the DC-9 passenger liner and the A-4 fighter jet. In 1969 he married the love of his life, Cheryl, with whom he moved to Panama City in 1971. For more than twenty years he performed drafting and engineering services for International Paper Company, Arizona Chemical Company, and his own drafting firm. He continued to live in Panama City until the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in 2018, which necessitated a move into a Louisiana nursing home. Dee and his beloved Cheryl are now reunited in love and peace.
Dee was active for more than three decades in the Panama City Kiwanis Club and the Shaddai Shrine Temple, holding leadership positions in each, as well as in the Panama City Elks Lodge. He always cherished the trusted friendships he made in each organization.
Dee is survived by his twin sister, Mary Prylich of Lynn Haven; three children, Paul Dogali (wife Cheatta) of Broussard, Louisiana; Wendy McKeown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Andy Dogali (wife Hope) of Pinellas Park, Florida; four grandchildren, Chris McKeown, David McKeown, Nick Dogali, and Scott Dogali; and two great grandchildren, Amira McKeown and Zoe McKeown.
The family invites relatives and friends to a celebration of Dee's life, to be held in Panama City on May 22, 2021, at a location to be announced.
Published in Panama City News Herald from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.