Julian M. Duggan, obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Julian M. Duggan,

May 31, 1925 - August 19, 2011

Obituary


Julian Madison (J.M.) Duggan, Jr., 86, died August 19, 2011 at his home in Canaveral Groves. The family will receive visitors at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home on Merritt Island, Monday, August 22nd, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 23rd at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa.

J.M. was born May 31, 1925, in Hawkinsville, GA to Julian and Hilda Duggan. He grew up amid the fields and forests of his familys home in middle Georgia, developing a love of hunting and fishing that remained keen...

Julian Madison (J.M.) Duggan, Jr., 86, died August 19, 2011 at his home in Canaveral Groves. The family will receive visitors at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home on Merritt Island, Monday, August 22nd, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 23rd at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa.

J.M. was born May 31, 1925, in Hawkinsville, GA to Julian and Hilda Duggan. He grew up amid the fields and forests of his familys home in middle Georgia, developing a love of hunting and fishing that remained keen throughout his life.

He graduated from Harrison High School in Washington County, Georgia and worked in the ship yards at Newport News, VA until he was eligible to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1943 at age 18. He served as a waist gunner on a B-17 crew flying bombing raids over Germany. After his plane was shot down he spent 8 months in a German POW camp. When J.M. received his honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant in 1945 he was awarded a Prisoner of War Medal and a Purple Heart.

For over 30 years, he worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force beginning his career as a lathe operator in the machine shop at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. He rose quickly and began working in the Procurement Division, an area he specialized in for the remainder of his civil service career.

His work took him from Georgia to North Dakota where he worked in the Minuteman Missile Program in the early sixties. In 1964, J.M. transferred to the Kennedy Space Center where he worked in the Apollo program and later finished his government service as the Chief of the Procurement Branch at the Patrick Air Force Base.

He was a founding member, treasurer, and deacon of Evergreen Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA from 1954 to 1963 and a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cocoa since 1964. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty; daughters, Sue Bradin of Cocoa, Kay Duggan Campbell (Will) of Clifton, VA, and Mary Vakoc (Richard) of Murfreesboro, TN; sons, Robert Duggan (Helen) of Merritt Island and Julian Duggan (Jenny) of Cocoa; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two sisters, Laverne Luck and Reba Thomas, both of Warner Robins, GA.

Condolences may be sent to 3530 Detroit Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32926.