Just seen this and it is truly a sad day for everyone involved in the industry, words are never enough when someone passes on. My sincere condolences go out to all the family and the staff at Holiday World.
Although I never met him, he seemed to be a very open and genuine person, especially in a time when many owners of different companies are not, or have little interest in their customers personally. My thoughts are with his family, and best wishes to everyone at Holiday World, and I am sure many have lost a great friend.
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What terrible news to wake up to. This is the first thing that I saw on my facebook when I woke up. My thoughts are with the Koch family and everyone that is pushing on at Holiday World today. Sad day indeed.
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timberskara wrote:This is just unbelievable. His enthusiasm, compassion, sense of humor and smile will always be remembered. Our hearts are heavy for the people of Santa Claus, IN today.
What Kara says is exactly what I was thinking. Thoughts are with the Koch family today. I can not believe this and the fact that HWN was just a week ago and I saw him walking around all over the 2 parks with a big smile on his face. What a horrible loss to the amusement industry.
This is so depressing. I just saw him a few weeks ago at HWN and he looked fine! I never would have suspected he was suffering from Diabetes and that he was so close to kicking it. My concollences to Will and all of the Koch family. Truly, one of the greatest park presidents has left us today. RIP, Will.
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