By Paula @ Holiday World

When I heard Philip Koch had signed paperwork to have his organs donated upon his death, it brought tears to my eyes.

How many of us intend to do that, but somehow never get it done?

Philip passed away early this morning, surrounded by his family. He was only 47. And we will miss him.

As one of Santa's grandchildren, Philip took Christmas very seriously. As he worked to turn Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort into the world-class campground it is today, he was also planning to bring Christmas back to the town of Santa Claus in a big way. A huge Christmas store, a month-long Christmas festival, an incredible drive-through attraction for families to enjoy together.

This sweet photo of Santa Jim and Philip was taken on this exact date back in 1970.

The good folks at the campground posted about Philip's legacy here on their blog. As a true believer in the kind and giving spirit of Christmas, Philip's legacy includes the gift of life to others.

The Holiday World family will miss his sense of humor, creativity, and booming “ho-ho-ho” at Christmastime.

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4 Responses to “He believed in Christmas”

  1. Jacque Duvall

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. just by visiting Santa Claus, IN and Holiday World you can see what wonderful people the Koch family have to be.

  2. Stephanie Thompson

    My prayers go out to Carol, my sister in being a grandmother to Jayla, our granddaughter together, to Alexa and Logan and to the rest of Phil’s family. May his legacy continue through them all and his generous donation of his organs to help others.

  3. Dina Holley

    What a shock to hear this sad news. Phil you will be missed. I have always held tight to the memories of working at the country club and the fun nights after the events, who knew cleaning up could be so fun. It was a pleasure to have known you and your family. My prayers go out to all of you and I know no words can ease the pain of what you are going through. Have faith in knowing we will see him again and know that he is at peace. God bless.