CARLOS M. IPPOLITO passed away at 10:30 pm Wednesday evening, April 18, 2012, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was born December 9, 1923 in Beaumont, Texas.
Carlos is survived by his next of kin, his loving wife, Noami B. Ippolito; his son, John Carlos Ippolito and wife Meredith Brick Ippolito, daughter Dorothy Crystal Ippolito; granddaughters, MJ Alvarado and husband Travis; Pepper Ammann and husband Charles, Lee Jurewitz and husband Ross; great grandchildren, Sadie and Nolan Alvarado; Conrad Carlos Ammann, Ryan Jurewitz; niece, Patsy Kraus of California and nephew, Mike Hayes of California. Surviving cousins are Nancy Ippolito Fertitta and Annette Ippolito Messina of Beaumont, Anita Savino Fournier of Wimberly, Texas, and Charles Savino of Houston. Mr. Ippolito is predeceased by his beloved wife and mother of his children, Dorothy “Dotsy” Ippolito, his father Carlos Ippolito, his mother Crystal Hubbard and his sister Evelyn Hayes.
Mr. Ippolito assumed ownership of Galveston Dr. Pepper-7 Up Bottling Company in February of 1963 at age 39. The company was in heavy debt with one of the local banks and would be classed as bankrupt, even though he did not file for this protection. In the next few years, he brought the company out of debt and his truck fleet increased from an original seven trucks to a total of thirty trucks, serving a territory from Freeport, Texas to High Island, Texas and north of League City, Clear Lake, including Alvin and Angleton. He sold the company in 1993 for a multimillion dollar price, and after this sale, he and his son John retired. “Dotsy,” his wife, and his son, John, were very active and key figures in the success of this business.
He founded the Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston to benefit the residents of Galveston and Galveston County.
His high school years were spent at The Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas where, in his final year, he was Cadet Corps Commander and Cadet Colonel. He attended Sam Houston State University and later was selected to graduate from The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army at age nineteen. He was assigned to the 80th Infantry Division at Yuma, Arizona with his military record indicating he was an Infantry Combat Expert in Special Weapons and Tactics. His division was later a part of the U.S. Third Army, commanded by General George S. Patton. He experienced his first infantry combat with the Third Army in the liberation of Normandy, France. During the Normandy liberation he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and later a Bronze Star for the battles of Northern France and a Bronze Star for the Battle of The RhineLand. He received a medal for the European, African Middle East Campaign with two Bronze Battle Stars. He was awarded the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, The Purple Heart Medal and The Meritorious Service Medal. The Nation of France awarded him the French “Diplome” signed by the Secretary of Defense and Combat of the Republic of France. His unit experienced severe infantry combat in the Normandy Hedgerow area and in the areas of the Moselle River, Metz, Pont-a-Mousson, Nancy and the Saar River Valley in the Fall and Winter of 1944. In 1945, he was promoted to the rank of Captain while in France at age twenty-one.
He was also awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (German), The American Theatre Medal and The VE Victory Medal. He was a member of the VFW Post #880 and The American Legion.
He was serving as a Director of The Moody Endowment Board at the time of his death. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hometown Bank of Galveston, and a past member of the Board of Directors of Moody National Bank, serving for a total of twenty-two years on that Board. While a Director at Hometown Bank of Galveston, it was his suggestion to enlarge the physical size of the original bank, as its growing future was very evident. He helped Mike Gaido, Sr., Chairman of the Board, and Doug Lee, President in this initial planning. He was very proud to serve as a Director of Moody National Bank at the time of the first of many branch banks covering a very large area outside the City of Galveston. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of the ANICO Securities Management and Research Corporation, an entity of the American National Insurance Company. He was also a member of Shearn Moody Plaza, President of the Colonel Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of Transitional Learning Center. He served in the Chairs of the Downtown Lion’s Club and was City Chairman for the March of Dimes. He was a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge, The Scottish Rite, The York Rite Bodies and El Mina Shrine. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23, 2012, 2 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2512 Avenue G in Galveston, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday, April 22, 2012 between, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 31st and Broadway also in Galveston. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Dr. J. Pat Kearney, Steve Greenberg, Ross Jurewitz, Travis Alvarado, Charlie Ammann, Frankie Shukanes, Mark Porretto and John Parsley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert L. Moody, Dr. John McKenna, Dr. Sinks McLarty, Eugene Morse, Vic Pierson, Ross Novelli and Don Stevens.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. Kenichi Fujise and his cardiac team, as well as Dr. Vasut and his emergency room team – all at UTMB in Galveston. In addition, the family extends deepest gratitude to Dr. Pat Kearney for his guidance and assistance throughout this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Meals on Wheels of Galveston or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.