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IHOR (YOGI) KLOS

Born: Oct 04, 1944

Date of Passing: May 20, 2013

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IHOR (YOGI) KLOS Master Musician Violinist October 4, 1944 May 20, 2013 After a brief illness, Ihor (Yogi) Klos passed away on May 20, 2013 at the Beausejour Hospital at the age of 68. Ihor was born in Lintz, Austria on October 4, 1944. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Stella and always remembered by his brother Alex "Jerry", children Tammy, Melody, and Rolf; two grandsons and numerous other family members. He was an amazing musician who played with fiery, distinctive style and his memory will live on in the music he left us. Yogi started classical training at a very young age. After a brief stint in Nashville where he would not compromise his music like they wanted him to, he left and went on to entertain thousands of people throughout Canada, the U.S and Europe, with groups to keep their beloved Ukrainian folk music alive, such as The D- Drifters, Mickey and Bunny, the Rusulka Dance Ensemble, and his very own Yogi and Friends. He will be dearly missed by many close friends and the musical community which he greatly enriched. A Celebration of Yogi's life will be held on June 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Legion Branch 141-618 Selkirk Ave. Winnipeg, MB. Immediately following the service and luncheon, there will be an "Open mic and jam session" to celebrate Yogis life. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and partake in the celebration. Funeral Arrangements in Care of Wheeler Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street 224-1525
Publish Date: Jun 3, 2013

IHOR (YOGI) KLOS Master Musician Violinist October 4, 1944 May 20, 2013 After a brief illness, Ihor (Yogi) Klos passed away on May 20, 2013 at the Beausejour Hospital at the age of 68. Ihor was born in Lintz, Austria on October 4, 1944. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Stella and always remembered by his brother Jerry, children Tammy, Melody, and Rolf; two grandsons and numerous other family members. He was an amazing musician who played with a fiery, distinctive style and his memory will live on in the music he left us. Yogi started classical training at a very young age. After a brief stint in Nashville where he would not compromise his music like they wanted him to, he left and went on to entertain thousands of people throughout Canada, the U.S and Europe, with Bunny the Rusulka Dance Ensemble, and his very own Yogi and Friends. He will be dearly missed by many close friends and the musical community which he greatly enriched. A Celebration of Yogi's life will be held on June 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Legion Branch 141-618 Selkirk Ave. Winnipeg, MB. Immediately following the service and luncheon, there will be an "Open mic and jam session" to celebrate Yogi's life. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and partake in the celebration. Funeral Arrangements in Care of Wheeler Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street 224-1525
Publish Date: Jun 1, 2013

IHOR (YOGI) KLOS Master musician Violin Player October 4, 1944- May 20, 2013 Celebration of Yogi's life will be held on June 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch Legion #141 618 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Longer obituary to follow in the Saturday, June 1, 2013 edition. Funeral Arrangements in Care of Wheeler Funeral Home, Cemetery & Crematorium 1800 Day Street 224-1525
Publish Date: May 25, 2013
Publish Date: Jun 1, 2013

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 03, 2013

Condolences & Memories (40 entries)

  • I HAVE HAPPY MEMORIES OF TIMES TOGETHER WITH PAULETTE AND YOGI AT THEIR HOME AND LATER AT THE DAUPHIN FESTIVALS. - Posted by: richard davis (fan aquaintance) on: Mar 08, 2015

  • Whenever I see an old movie with Mickey Rooney I think of Yogi when he was 21 ... that smile ... smart ass attitude and his lovable character all come to mind. - Posted by: Rusty Browning (old friend) on: Jan 13, 2014

  • Very sorry to hear about this. I am huge fan of the D-Drifters 5. My condolences. - Posted by: Fred lichacz (fan) on: Sep 19, 2013

  • Thank you Yogi! Dang you were just an amazing entertainer, singer - musician. Memories forever. My condolences to his family and friends FOREVER GRATEFUL - Posted by: Eddie Trylinski (fan) on: Jun 15, 2013

  • Sorry I couldn't make the service being in Kelowna. Rest In Peace my friend, A GREAT MUCISIAN AND VIOLIN PLAYER. - Posted by: Vi Cherny (Fan) on: Jun 10, 2013

  • As a young boy I remember the first time listening to the D-Drifters-5. I was instantly hooked on their style of playing. That's when I heard the man with 3 voices (Yogi). I never got tired of listening to him. I always felt the energy that he and the rest of the band had even through the LP. I met Yogi 25 years ago and from there on we were friends. I was lucky enough to have played along side Yogi. We would ask him to come on stage a do a few songs. He was always willing. He was lots of fun on stage. His style of playing and talking to the crowd came so natural to him. He was a crowd pleaser. I'll never forget my time on stage with him. Yogi....you were the greatest violin player that Manitoba ever had. Thanks you for being my friend for all those years. - Posted by: Vern Walkin (Friend (Fan)) on: Jun 09, 2013

  • I grew up with fiddle music, the first time I heard Yogi play it was at a midnight frolic. He sounded great; he definitely was talented and had a great sound. Moving to Winnipeg I had the pleasure of hearing his group and him play at different venues, be it in a lounge, the Riverboat or various celebrations; you could be assured a good time. Apparently Yogi thought he might like to play another instrument, he had picked up the accordion and after a few tries, buddy Dave said "You should stick to the fiddle." Yogi was always a gentleman, taking time to talk catch up with things or just a quick hello or a lengthy conversation. It is much too soon to have Yogi leave us such a talented musician, but his legacy has been left with us - memories at Silver Beach, his lively music will continue to play in our home. Your music will continue on with us. RIP my friend, Veech Napomiat - some day we will meet again. Mary Ann & Ken Siwak - Posted by: MaryAnn and Ken Siwak (freind) on: Jun 08, 2013

  • the most amazing fiddle player of all time, and a great friend. thanks for all the memories, you'll live in a lot of peoples' memories forever. Good bye old friend. - Posted by: randy kowerko (friend) on: Jun 06, 2013

  • I first met Yogi at the Princess Hotel in Transcona back in the late 7o's, I was a waitress there on Fri. & Sat nights. I was very impressed with his abilities to play that fiddle. We talked many times on break and he had a charm and sense of humor that I liked. over the course of being in the Peg for 30 years, We always seemed to come accross one another in the music industry. My heart goes out to you, He will be sorely missed, but I know he is still playing in everyone's heart and soul. - Posted by: Rosie McFarlane (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2013

  • When Yogi walked into a room, you were guaranteed to have a good time. He could sure make that old fiddle talk. Although Yogi never got to live out his dream of taking a fly out fishing trip with me, catching big walleye and playing the fiddle on the floats, I know he'll be out there on the lake driving the loons crazy. His music will live on. He will be greatly missed by the Bargenda family of Hadashville. - Posted by: Garry Bargenda (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2013

  • YOGI, I UNDERSTAND, YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR REASONS WERE SO CLEAR TAKEN FROM YOUR GIFTED HANDS THE MUSIC YOU HELD DEAR YOU’LL HAVE A PLACE FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF ALL WHO PLAYED YOUR STORIES AND YOUR SONGS FIDDLE MASTER ON THE STAGE IN MEMORIES I WILL EMBRACE THE LAUGHTER ON THE ROAD IT WAS MY PRIVILEGE TO SHARE AND AN HONOR YOU BESTOWED MUSIC HAS LOST A LEGEND BUT I HAVE LOST A FRIEND I WILL AWAIT YOUR ENCORE UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.. LOVE ROXY - Posted by: Roxy McNabb (Friend/Bandmate- Yogi & Friends /Roxy & the boys) on: Jun 04, 2013

  • I was a big fan of the D-Drifters, going to tapings of their television show. What fun those were. Yogi was such a talent and a wonderful person. Thank you for the memories and the music Yogi. Play on! - Posted by: Katherine Ewatski-Foret (fan) on: Jun 03, 2013

  • RIP Yogi-The first time I saw the Band D Drifters with Mickey and Bunny at the Rain Bow Dance Gardens- Thursday Night Dances. It was well worth the admission to just listen to the violin sing. I also got to know him a little better at his time with Montreal Life. We would occasionally meet and talk about those good old days. Good Memory. John - Posted by: John Kasian () on: Jun 03, 2013

  • Rest in peace, Yogi. Thanks for the great music...and especially the great fiddling. As a teenaged fiddler, I was privileged to see you perform in the Prince Albert area back in the 60s with Mickey and Bunny. You were an inspiration to me, along with King Ganam and Don Rich...thanks for the memories, the music, your ability to entertain...all of which helped shape me as an entertainer and fiddle player. - Posted by: Brian Sklar (Another fiddler and a fan) on: Jun 03, 2013

  • Yogi was a wonderful musician, and more than that, he was a terrific showman. He had a presence on stage that reached to the farthest corners of the room. I remember playing in Crookston Minnesota in 1970-71 at the same time as the D-Drifters, and seeing Yogi on a float in a local parade. He was well-loved and welcome wherever he went. - Posted by: Jim Petrin (Fellow Musician) on: Jun 03, 2013

  • We were so blessed to be able to dance to the fantastic music of Yogi and the D-Drifters. Just to watch and listen was sheer enjoyment! Remembering all the wonderful times of our youth.......... Deut. 33:27 The eternal God is a resting place - and underneath are the Everlasting Arms. God Bless. - Posted by: Penny Ludwar (nee Kolodie) (friend) on: Jun 02, 2013

  • I grew up listening to the early D-Drifters records and Yogi was one of several driving forces behind that band. As a result, it was a real honour when I first met Yogi in early 1995 just after the D-Drifters reunited. I was so enthralled with his performance that I returned the next day for his matinee performance and had the opportunity to chat with this gifted and intelligent man for almost 3 straight hours. Months later, when I put "High Profile" together, I was looking for a violin player who could play at Yogi's standards and I was blessed to find that person in the late Steve Myk for the next 9 years (I remained friends with Steve until his passing in 2012). Ten years later, in 2005, when "High Profile" received an Honourable Mention award from UMA and, after I made my acceptance speech, Yogi was the first one to come up to me and congratulate me. I even had the privilege of mixing the sound for him and his guitar player when they played a brief set at the Zemovay Festival in Winnipeg a few years ago. We said hi many times over the years. Yogi, you will be missed. Keep playing that skrypka (violin) in heaven and maybe you are already jamming with Steve, your late bandmate Tony Roman and a host of others. It was a honour to have met you. Vichnaya Pamyat. Darren Gagaluk "High Profile" Band Wpg. - Posted by: Darren Gagaluk (Fellow Musician/Entertainer) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • I remember watching him perform at a local bar my favorite was "The Ethnic Set" The hat the laughs. He will be missed. Great performer and Musician. - Posted by: Ted Jaworski (Fan Friend) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • My heart is heavy with sadness to see that Yogi has gone to play for the 'Big Guy' & his Angels! I was a bartender at the Hadashville Hotel when Yogi came to play for us there! Awesome musician is an understatement!! I so admired the band- their talent-easy going personalities and how their tunes just filled your body with an energized feel good style! I send my heartfelt sympathy to all of Yogi's band mates, family & friends. May you play many Grandstands in the sky for all eternity ! Xoxo - Posted by: Danielle (An acquaintance from the early 80's) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • I remember the lineups at the Lincoln motor hotel And the fun we had when I owned the Birchwood motor hotel. You played to standing ovations wherever You played. God rest your soul my friend you will always be loved - Posted by: Michael Horne (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • It is with great sadness to hear about the passing of Ihor (Yogi) Klos. For those of us in Rusalka who danced to Yogi's fiddling and toured with Yogi and the D-drifters in Scotland and England in '73 Yogi will always have a special place in our hearts. Yogi's signature piece was "The orange Blossom Special." None could fiddle that piece like Yogi. Yogi played with passion and always with a radiant smile that won over many fans especially females. Yogi loved his music and Rusalka loved Yogi. Forever remembered. Vichnaya Pamyiat. - Posted by: Myron Tarasiuk (friend) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • Thanks for the good ride yogi! There will never, ever be another one like you. Nothing but fond memories, of a fabulous WILD and CRAZY guy. ALWAYS ON THE HIGHWAY, AND THE PARTY NEVER ENDS. One of a kind fab dude. R.I.P. - Posted by: wayne saunderson (fellow musician) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • "...and when some pretty chick says she loves my fiddle licks, well, that'll do the trick, I holler" Bob Wills. Til we meet again beyond the reef... - Posted by: Robert Zaporzan (Fellow musician) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • I met Yogi a few times through my late husband Wayne Walker. We had gone down to see him and you could see how he loved to play. He was a true musician. RIP Yogi - Posted by: elaine walker () on: Jun 01, 2013

  • True friend amazingly talented man rip Love u - Posted by: marcel @Lois (friend ) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • The D Drifters played at my brother Michael's wedding. Yogi was amazing to watch. We tried to take in a show whenever we could, and always enjoyed it. The last time I saw Yogi was at the Norwood bar where the D Drifters were having a reunion concert with special guest violinist Bill Zulak. What an amazing show. Rest in peace Yogi, you will be missed. - Posted by: Stephen Fedun (None) on: Jun 01, 2013

  • When i moved in to my trailer #3 I remember his son ralph, in a pedal car comimg by my place. I went over to introduce myself. yogi was such a likable guy. we became buddys right away. Over the years we had some great memorable times. Yogi playing the fiddle ;tony on the guitar, and his friends that played music. We had so much fun, all of us, especially in the winter, when yogi had the wood stove cranked up and so was he. Yogi was the best with the fiddle. the sounds that came out of him was unreal. lots of great memories!!! GOD BLESS YOGI. HE WAS A GOOD MAN - Posted by: darryl leiman goldies fries (friend and neighbor for a long time at the northgate trailer park) on: May 30, 2013

  • The greatest measure of a man is that he left this world a better place. Yogi did just that. He brought smiles to faces everywhere he took his dynamic talent. Yogi and the D-Drifters influenced my early musical days in Selkirk, Manitoba. Our acquaintances grew through music and broadcasting and eventually sharing the stage in Regina. One of the great thrills of my musical life I will cherish. Rest in peace good friend. We'll share that stage one time again. - Posted by: Willy Cole (Friend) on: May 30, 2013

  • Yogi - definitely playing that fiddle in heaven - what a talent, friend and one who was great to hang out with. You will be missed. The times at the lake and the many events attended enjoying your masterful playing - you must have been born with that fiddle, playing it backwards, forwards, in all sort of positions. Sending love to family - Posted by: Sophie Simmons (Old friend) on: May 29, 2013

  • Yogi was the very first fiddler I ever saw live and it was at the Manitoba Legislative building with the D Drifters. I remember my dad sitting me on his shoulders so I could see the band and I was mesmerized by Yogi. I was blessed to have met him many years later and he was, and always will be, a fiddle icon in my eyes. RIP Yogi. - Posted by: Patti Lamoureux (Kusturok) (Fellow Fiddler) on: May 28, 2013

  • Hard to believe that such talent has left us and is now in heaven, we will all miss you dearly. RIP my friend - Posted by: Debbie (Friend) on: May 28, 2013

  • My amazing adventure with Yogi began at the time when he was just starting "Yogi & Friends" We traveled, we lived. I had the pleasure of meeting Paulette & his daughter. We went fishing, camping, & my favorite was when he played his violin for me alone at home. I have just learned of his passing....He was so very "Yogi" Goodbye Ihor, I will always think of you. Diana.... - Posted by: Diana Hailes (An old girlfriend) on: May 28, 2013

  • So long for now my friend. I'm sure we'll meet again. It was always a joyous and fulfilling evening sharing the stage with you. Watching and listening to every note you played with the enthusiasm and adventurous spirit of a teenager was always a pleasure and the intrigue of the next few measures of any song you played had us mystified. - Posted by: Tony Yakimovich (Friend) on: May 27, 2013

  • another fiddle player leaving the planet, we enjoyed listening & dancing to the music of the famous D-Drifters; although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow, 'Vichnaya Pamyat' - Posted by: Kenneth (friend) on: May 27, 2013

  • The best fiddle player I've ever known. R.I.P. Yogi, you'll be missed. - Posted by: Kim Bruneau (Friend/Relative) on: May 26, 2013

  • It is a great shock to hear the passing of Yogi, a musician with talent to no end. it is still hard to beleive that he is gone at such a young age, you have gone, BUT your music will never leave us. May you rest in peace and GOD BE WITH YOU - Posted by: Dennis Lischynski (Fan, Freind) on: May 26, 2013

  • Yogi was a good friend for many years. His talent was amazing and his stories amusing. Spent many hours fishing together the past few years swapping old tales & current events. He'll be playing the Orange Blossom Special wherever he may be. Rest in peace my friend you'll be missed. - Posted by: Wayne & Holly Naherniak (Beets) (Friends) on: May 26, 2013

  • One of the most respected and known fiddle players of our time, I had the pleasure of visiting with him a month earlier, my condolences to the family, he will be missed. - Posted by: Alex Moodrey (friend ) on: May 25, 2013

  • I will cherish and remember, the privilege of sharing a stage with Yogi. Always amazingly entertaining, with his jaw dropping talent. Truly one of a kind entertainer. Never before, and never again. May God bless you Yogi, and keep you by his side forever. Amen. - Posted by: Ken Kublanski (Fellow musician) on: May 25, 2013

  • You are one of the best entertainers this province has ever had and we are very honoured to call you our friend. Many a fiddler have taken lessons from the master himself. You wowed your audiences everywhere you played. Thank you Ihor (Yogi) for all those wonderful years of entertainment. - Posted by: Cecile and Lionel Desjarlais (fellow entertainers and friends) on: May 25, 2013

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