James P. Muldoon, M.D., 86, Vero Beach

James P. Muldoon, M.D., 86, died May 30, 2011.

He was born in Louisville, Ky., and moved to Vero Beach in 2000.

He specialized in colon and rectal surgery, joining the Ferguson Clinic of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1955.

He was head of the clinic from 1979 to 1989, when he retired.

He served in World War II as a sergeant in the 68th Signal Air Warning Detachment of the Army.

He participated in D-Day and commanded a radar unit that guided the bombing runs of Allied aircraft over Europe and into Germany.

He earned five Bronze Stars.

He attended St. Xavier High School, graduating in 1942 as valedictorian.

He received his medical degree at the University of Louisville.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jane; children, Margaret Muldoon, Catherine Chuplis, Mary Muldoon, Patricia Price, Judith Muldoon, Elizabeth Schultz, Bridget McDaniel, James Muldoon Jr., Thomas Muldoon, Joseph Muldoon and Jane Van Houten; sisters, Catherine Ernst, Mary Heintz, Ursula Robertson, Margaret Mulligan and Patricia Embs; 33 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Right To Life of Michigan, 2340 Porter St. S.W., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49509.

A Mass will be celebrated June 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

A guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.

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