It’s with very heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our friend and CEO, Philip Koch. Philip passed away this morning at Deaconess Hospital surrounded by his family.
Born and raised in Santa Claus, Indiana, Philip attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana, graduating in 1983. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1988 with a BS in Business Administration and Management.
Philip was passionate about continuing his father’s legacy, the late Bill Koch, to build and promote the tourism industry in Santa Claus, Indiana. The town’s slogan, America’s Christmas Hometown, was one of Philip’s many ideas. Under Philip’s direction, Lake Rudolph grew from a 100 site campground, to a 500 site destination resort including over 270 Cabins and Rental RVs. He helped design the layouts for Lake Rudolph’s King Size Rental RVs and Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. It’s with his vision that we have grown into the campground we are today, new water slides and all!
Funeral arrangements are pending. Philip is survived by his wife, Carol, and two children, Alexa and Logan, and a stepson, Tony. He is also survived by his mother, Pat, and siblings Kristi, Dan, and Natalie. His family requests privacy as they mourn and our hearts are with them during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, as per Philip’s wishes, the family asks for donations to be made to the Santa Claus Museum. The family will create an antique historical train room in his honor. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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. While Philip’s family and our Lake Rudolph family mourn his passing, we want to assure our guests that we will be open for business as Lake Rudolph begins its 56th season on May 1. Philip wouldn’t want it any other way. He was so proud of the business he’d grown for families to enjoy. And now our main concern is continuing on the path he started.
There are so many things we’ll miss about Philip. We’ll miss his booming, infectious laugh and his boisterous spirit. His vision and drive to create and grow our business. We’ll miss his friendship and generosity, his humor and teasing personality. Simply put, we will miss our friend.
Son, father, husband, brother and friend
1965 – 2013