In Memory of Philip Koch

By Kathleen Crews on April 9, 2013 in News with 2 Comments

We have lost a keeper of the holiday spirit today; Philip Koch passed away early this morning, April 9, surrounded by his family and friends. To borrow from the great Charles Dickens, ” it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge.” He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, as per Philip’s wishes, the family asks for donations to be made to the Santa Claus Museum. Philip was a train collector and enthusiast, and an antique historical train room will be created in his honor. For those wishing to send their condolences and donations, please address all correspondence to:

The Santa Claus Museum

PO Box 1

Santa Claus, Indiana 47579


Our thoughts are with the Koch Family during this difficult time.



  1. Greg Batts

    April 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm · Reply

    To the Koch Family, Through ARVC I have known your husband, parent, brother, and family member Philip. He always seemed to enjoy himself, and the hospitality business. Our hopes and prayers go out to your famliy in hopes that you can remember he positively touched the lives of many. Additionally, this world is much better due to his time here. Please let me know how to go about leaving a donation in his honor. Sincerely, Greg Batts Prizer Point Marina & Resort Kentucky Lakes KOA/Prizer Point Creating extraordinary recreational experiences enabling guests, employees, and ownership to profit by bringing out the kid in all of us.

    1. ethompson

      April 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm · Reply

      Hi Greg, Thank you for your kind words. A donation may be made to the Santa Claus Museum. Condolences and donations may be sent to: The Santa Claus Museum PO Box 1 Santa Claus, IN 47579 Checks may be made payable to the Santa Claus Museum. Please note that the donation is being made in honor of Philip.

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