Vito Victor Scarpelli

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Vito Victor Scarpelli, 90, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at his home in Midland, Texas after a long illness. Vic, as he was known, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 18, 1922 to Joseph and Rose (Moscarella) Scarpelli and was raised from an early age by his mother and second father, John Scarpelli, after his father died. Vic was a World War II Navy veteran of the South Pacific and North Africa campaigns. While in the service he married Ivadel Mitchell of Baird, Callahan County, Texas. The couple had a son, Jonathan and a daughter, Diane (Vee Ve). Upon his discharge from the Navy, Vic attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and graduated with a degree in Commercial Art. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Vic joined an insurance company as a salesman. In the early 1950's they moved to Midland where Vic managed the Odessa office of the Rio Grande Life Insurance Company. He left the insurance business to join KMID TV as Art Director and Promotion Manager and for a brief period of time taught at Odessa College and was a freelance commercial artist. In the late 1950's Vic entered the commercial sign business designing signs first for Pylant Sign Company and later Anthony Sign Company. In the 1960's Vic bought and managed Anthony Sign Company until his retirement in 1986. Vic and Iva divorced in 1972 and he married in April 1978 to Linda Robbins, who brought to the marriage four daughters: Sharon, Vicky, Cindy and Amy. Vic is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Jonathan (and Becky Barefoot) Scarpelli of Sedalia, Colorado; daughter, Diane (and Wayne) Dieringer of Pflugerville, Texas; Sharon (and John) Glidwell of Midland, Texas; Vicky Busbee and Cindy (and Steve) Cumings of Austin, Texas; Amy (and Scott) Braley of Sacramento, California; 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 2 nieces and his beloved dogs, Misty and Sandy. A memorial will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Hospice Midland Inspiration Center, 4629 Andrews Highway, in Midland at 11 a.m.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Dec. 6, 2012
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