"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Edward Aldrich

April 6, 1932 – October 19, 2015


Edward William Aldrich age 83, died October 19, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital, Apple Valley, California following a brief illness.

 Ed was born April 6, 1932 on a farm near Langworthy, Iowa. He was the son of Frederick Raymond and Ethel Augusta Kuhnzweiler, Aldrich. Ed was deaf from birth and attended the Iowa School for the deaf in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was there that he first learned how to play chess. After graduation in 1956 Ed moved to California where he worked as a furniture maker.

 His love of chess continued and he studied the strategy of the game. He played chess in the parks with anyone who would play against him. Ed was an 8 time National Association of the Deaf Chess Champion.

 He also won 61 different titles and 51 Deaf Titles for a total of 112 chess titles together. His last National Chess Champion of the Deaf title was won in 2009. At age 81 he was still playing chess, daily, at the Starbucks coffee shop near his home.

 Ed is survived by a sister, Dorothy Howell, Mill Creek, Washington, sister-in-law, Mary Lou Aldrich, Willowbrook, IL, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Merle (Greta) , Howard, Cliff Howell, and Kenneth "Bing" (Bette Janalee ) Theona (Merlin) Barnes.

 A private family service and interment in the Oakwood Cemetery will be at a later date.

 Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello has been entrusted to care for Ed and his family.

Thanks to Bob Patzner for the information.