Peter Klimes


Peter Matthew Klimes, 60, died at his home in Apple Valley, Calif., on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

He was born at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Burbank, Calif., Sept. 13, 1952, the son of Eileen and Robert Klimes. He received his first guitar when he was 12, along with six months of guitar lessons, then taught himself to play both acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, pedal steel, 12-string, and sitar. If given a box with some strings across the top, God and Peter would have made music together.

By the time he was 16, he was writing and professionally performing, playing and singing, his own and others' music. Peter performed throughout the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, High Desert, West L.A., Hollywood, Topanga Canyon, Dallas, and other places on both coasts and in Hawaii. Google Peter Klimes, California, for his resume of bands, CDs, film, and voiceovers.

Peter is survived by his mother, Eileen Robertson; stepfather, Ellery Robertson; and sister, Milada Klimes, of Humboldt, Kansas.

Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held in Kansas. A memorial jam session has been organized by his many close friends at The Arena in Simi Valley, December 18th, 5:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made online to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, 2012