News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 11, 2013

Widow of Holiday World’s president gets park control


Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A judge has placed control of a southern Indiana theme park in the hands of the widow of the park’s late president.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that a Vanderburgh County circuit judge has ruled that Lori Koch is majority owner of the holding company that operates Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. She’s the widow of former park president Will Koch, who died in June 2010.

Dan Koch had served as Holiday World’s president following his brother’s death, but Lori Koch fired him after the judge’s ruling.

Dan Koch is appealing the ruling. Court records show Lori Koch originally sued Dan Koch and Koch Development Co. in January 2011.

The Santa Claus, Ind., theme park has been owned and operated by the Koch family since 1946.