Monday, October 14, 2019

RIP John W. Corso

John W. Corso

The Huntington County TAB
October 14, 2019

John William Corso, 89, of Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at 5:15 pm, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Corso was a 1948 graduate of Wabash High School. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, and then went on to receive a bachelor's in theater arts from UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, and was part of military Intelligence at Fort Bragg, NC.

He was a production designer in Hollywood for many years, working on several Alfred Hitchcock movies among others. He also worked as art director on television shows Ironside and Columbo. He was nominated for an Academy Award as production designer on “The Coal Miner's Daughter,” and won an Emmy for his work in the television series, “Tales of the Gold Monkey.”

Mr. Corso was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Wabash, Motion Picture Art Directors Union and the Model A Club. He was a volunteer at the Wabash County Museum, where he helped design the train set layout. He also constructed sets for Wabash Area Community Theater and received the key to the City of Wabash.

He was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Wabash, to William and Angeline D. Catanzaro Corso.

Survivors include a brother, Anthony "AJ" Joseph Corso, of Wabash, and a sister, Darlene Schnabel, of Furlong, PA.

Calling is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 188 W. Sinclair, Wabash. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

Memorials are to F.I.S.H.

The memorial guest book may be signed at

CORSO, John W. (John William Corso)
Born: 12/4/1929, Wabash, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 10/9/2019, Huntington, Indiana, U.S.A

John W. Corso’s westerns – assistant art director, art director, cinematographer:
The Beguiled – 1971 [assistant art director]
Sequoyah: The Great Teacher of the Cherokee Nation – 1974 [cinematographer]
Centennial (TV) - 1978, 1979 [art director]

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