Koch was Ardent About Lake Rudolph RV Park
Philip J. Koch, owner and president of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., passed away early today (April 9) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. He was 47. Koch suffered cardiac arrest while in Evansville on April 1.
Born and raised in Santa Claus, Koch attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Ind, graduating in 1983. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management.
Koch was CEO of HO HO Holdings LLC, the parent company of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, the Santa Claus Christmas Store, Kringle Place Shopping Center and Santa’s Land LLC. Under his direction, the RV park 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.
Lake Rudolph was voted as a top-10 favorite park nationally in 2011 by readers of Woodall’s Campground Directory. The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) has awarded Lake Rudolph several honors, including the 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 National Large RV Park of the Year. Other awards include the Spencer County, Indiana, Regional Chamber of Commerce 2008 Business of the Year. He was also a member of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA/RVIC).
He was passionate about continuing his father’s legacy, the late Bill Koch, to build and promote the tourism industry in Santa Claus.
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. Funeral arrangements are pending.