Joseph H. Messerli, 79, of Fairfield, husband of Evelyn Field Messerli, died June 23, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Born in Kingsville, Texas, the son of the late Johannes and Elois Messerli, he had been a Fairfield resident for the last 32 years.

A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute, Messerli was a freelance artist. He is credited with designing the first “Twilight Zone” logo while working at UPA Studios, and did color illustrations for the “Bonanza Show” credits while at NBC Burbank Graphic Arts Department.

Messerli worked and contributed to a myriad of art jobs; he worked for Hanna-Barbera, where he contributed to the Flintstones Comic Strips, Dennis The Menace, Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons, to name a few. He spent many years doing coloring and activity books for Western Publishing, and also worked for Marvel Comics, Random House and Little Golden Books.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Evelyn, include three sons, Alan Messerli and his wife, Beth of Bristol, and their daughters, Wendy, Sarah, Robin and Kathy; Don Messerli and his wife, Regine of Nashville, Tenn.; and Evan Messerli and his wife, Alana of Westport; two sisters, Jane Nelson of Redding, Calif., and Anna Belle Clint of Cuero, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Messerli was predeceased by his brothers, James, John and Robert, all of Texas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Road; interment will be private. Friends may call Friday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

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