It is with heavy hearts we announced the peaceful passing of Wallace Klos, who left us unexpectedly in the early hours of Saturday May 9, 2020. We are comforted in knowing he went on his own terms, on the Hazelridge farm he loved so much.
Wallace was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Pat, parents Stanley and Jean, sister Audrey and brother Kenny. The reunion of Wallace and those who went before him to heaven is guaranteed to be a beautiful and boisterous gathering.
Wallace leaves to cherish his memory his 4 children, Curtis (Catherine), Dwayne (Serena), Krissy (Jeremy), and Michael (Sharon) and 10 grandchildren: Hannah, Dylan, Noah, Brooke, Emma, Chase, Gage, Jack, Colin and Carter. He is survived by his sisters Virginia (Robert) and Margaret (Larry) as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Shadow.
Born on September 25, 1948, Wallace was raised on his parents’ farm near Anola and grew up walking to school, breaking land and running moonshine on the rural circuit with his father. After a brief stint in Winnipeg, he moved out to the farm with his young bride Pat. Dad was always working, and his children can attest to his excellent supervisory skills, as he trained them to work alongside him and Pat on their mixed grain and livestock farm. His keen eye for stones in the field kept his kids in top shape until, one by one, they settled into their own homes on properties with no visible stones to pick.
In his younger years, Wallace enjoyed snowmobiling, and driving west to visit Kelvin and Phyllis for family vacation, cutting wood and always, always a good card game into the wee hours on the morning.
As a young man he pumped gas and changed tires for $1 an hour. This job led him to a diploma in Heavy Duty Mechanics so that his earnings would forever be more than $1/hr. He often said this was the perfect job for a young person, and it should lead everyone who does it to some form of higher education. White Trucks, the Snow Lake Mine and countless friends and family members reaped the benefits of his skill as did those who knew him as the shop foreman of the Springfield Bus Garage, where he spent almost 30 years. In 2007, shortly after Pat’s passing, he retired from the bus garage, where he had many friends and drivers who relied on him to start their busses on cold mornings and pull them out of the ditch when the rowdy kids distracted them.
Dad enjoyed the simple things in life and in later years, spent cherished time with his grandchildren playing cards, fishing or sharing nuggets of wisdom in his direct, no bull style. The grandkids will miss his smile and continuous supply of ice cream sandwiches and other treats. You could find him on his chair in the sun when you drove in for a visit, and his door was always open for those who needed a drink and a lengthy chat on how best to solve the worlds’ problems.
Due to current Public Health restrictions, a private viewing will take place on Saturday, May 16 with interment at Eastdale Cemetery on Sunday, May 17. We look forward to a celebration of Wallace’s life with those who knew and loved him at a later date. To stay informed on the pending plans, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for the prayers of support and love as we face these new sunrises without his smile and wry wit.Print This Obituary & Condolences