Heaven gained a fine Celtic fiddler on Saturday, July 23, 2022. George Adam Klepac, passed away of congestive heart failure. George was born on June 27, 1971, in Decatur, Illinois, to Rita and George A. Klepac. The family moved to Kansas City in 1978.
When George was 5 years old he began Suzuki violin lessons with Beth Titterington and studied for 15 years. This forged a relationship with his violin that lasted his whole life. He began playing as the Fiddler on the Roof (of the woolen shop) at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival when he was 12 and continued to fiddle at festivals nearly every year after that. He was scheduled to entertain at the festival again this year. In high school he was first violin in the school orchestra and played for 6 years with the Kansas City Youth Symphony. He played a duet at the Kansas City Music Hall with classmate John Patterson on cello at his graduation from Southwest High School in 1989.
He was accepted as an AFS foreign exchange student and spent the year in Friborg, Switzerland, with Chantal Knobel and her daughter Joelle. Upon returning to the States, George got a job at the Grand Canyon where he worked until he began his college education at Northern Arizona University earning a degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 2000. He then interned at Old Charlestown in South Carolina and enjoyed performing as a living history character.
But, George had an undeniable wanderlust and the road called to him. He grabbed his fiddle and followed Renaissance Festivals and Highland Festivals all over the country making friends as he went. Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, and Vermont welcomed him year after year. He performed with The Empty Hats along the way and traveled from fair to fair with them leaving music and smiles in his wake. He was a bright light in a few albums with the band and was very proud of the music they produced.
The fairs typically happened from May-October, so during with winter months George pursued his other passion ~ skiing. He worked at resorts in Oregon, California, Vermont, Colorado, and Washington State. He loved interacting with people at the resorts with his wit and his humor. He also loved pointing his skis downhill and leaving his mark on the powder behind him.
In the last few years, he’d begun trying to settle down, first in Fort Collins near his mom and brother, then New Jersey and in 2018 he moved back to Kansas City. He was so happy to be among old friends again and enjoyed rekindling those relationships. He also continued to seek out places to entertain with his fiddle. His love for the music earned him friends and admirers whenever he rosined up his bow.
He was preceded in death by his dad George Klepac (2007), his Uncle Raymond Hulse (2020), his Aunt Donna Lee (2016) and Uncle Al Oldenburg (2021), his Uncle Richard Klepac (2000) and his grandparents. He is survived by his mom Rita Brown, his brother Tom Klepac, his half-sister Kimbra Rosenberg, his aunts Liz Hulse and Karen Klepac, several cousins, and many friends. He will be missed immensely.
George was a voracious reader, he loved games, the out-of-doors, and entertaining others. He was loved and admired for his music making and his fun spirit. His music and voice live on through his performance on a number of wonderful CDs.
Help us celebrate George’s life on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 10:00 am on the Kansas City Renaissance Festival fair grounds in Bonner Springs, KS. Please come in casual dress or Renaissance attire. Memories of George and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com