Philip Koch, member of Holiday World family, dies at age 47

Man suffered cardiac arrest earlier this month

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Philip Koch, the owner of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and part of the family that owns Holiday World, died Tuesday morning, according to a company news release.

Koch was 47. According to the release, Koch had been at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville since April 1 after he suffered cardiac arrest.

Koch was the chief executive officer of HO HO Holdings, LLC, the parent company of not only Lake Rudolph, but also the Santa Claus Christmas Store, Kringle Place Shopping Center and Santa’s Land, LLC.

Koch is survived by his wife and two children. He was the son of Bill and Pat Koch of Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari fame.

"We have lost our leader and our friend, Philip," said Dave Lovell, a spokesman for HO HO Holdings, in statement. "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."

Will Koch, who led Holiday World during a large expansion, died in 2010 at age 48.

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