Phil Koch Funeral Arrangements Announced
Funeral arrangements have been set for Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort owner Philip Koch, who died Tuesday (April 9) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.
Visitation will be held at Saint Nicholas Church in Santa Claus, Ind., on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, and also Friday from 9 a.m. until the service at 10 a.m.
"The Koch family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers from the public during this difficult time," Dave Lovell, marketing director for HO HO HOldings LLC, stated in a news release.
Koch was president and CEO of HO HO HOldings LLC in Santa Claus, including Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and the Santa Claus Christmas Store. He was chairman of the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration committee, and a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Santa Claus, Dusty Trails Saddle Club, Southern Indiana Horseman's Club, the Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, the Indiana Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council and the Indiana Campground Owners Association. The town of Santa Claus slogan, "America's Christmas Hometown," was one of Philip's many ideas.
His philanthropic efforts included numerous donations to area churches and non-profit organizations including Ronald McDonald House Charities and the ARVC Foundation, donation of land to help create Jim Yellig Park in Santa Claus, and donation of office space for the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. Even in death, Philip continues to give as he has donated his organs to help others.
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 family requests privacy as they mourn.
In lieu of flowers, as per Philip's wishes, please make all donations to the Santa Claus Museum. The family will create an antique historical train room in his honor.