Philip Koch dies at age 47

From local sources

SANTA CLAUS — Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort owner and President Philip J. Koch died this morning at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was 47.

According to a press release from the campground and resort, Koch suffered cardiac arrest April 1.

Koch was CEO of HO HO Holdings LLC, the parent company of the campground and resort, the Santa Claus Christmas Store, Kringle Place Shopping Center and Santa’s Land LLC.

“We have lost our leader and our friend, Philip,” said Dave Lovell, marketing director for HO HO HOldings.  “Philip created such wonderful attractions and activities for families to visit and enjoy. His main concern was making sure our guests had great experiences in a fun, clean, family environment. He also created a great staff to run his businesses.”

He followed the footsteps of his father, the late Bill Koch, to build and promote the tourism industry in Santa Claus. The town’s slogan, America’s Christmas Hometown, was Philip’s ideas.

Koch is survived by his wife, Carol, and two children, Alexa and Logan. He is also survived by his mother, Pat, and siblings Kristi, Dan and Natalie. His brother Will died in June 2010. His family requested privacy as they mourn.

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