Founder of Edwards Apple Orchard, Robert “Bob” M Edwards Dies At 90

POPLAR GROVE, ILLINOIS — Born October 4, 1928 in a farmhouse in Canby, MN Robert “Bob” M Edwards of Poplar Grove, IL leaves behind quite a legacy in his 90 years of living. Robert “Bob” M Edwards of Poplar Grove, IL passed away at a youthful 90 years old on January 21, 2019.

Graduating from Harlem High School and receiving a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree from University of Illinois, Bob there met his wife of 61 years, Betty, while washing dishes at her sorority. They were married June 8, 1952. Bob then served as a second lieutenant and instructor in the United States Air Force.

After the service, Bob was an Ag teacher in Waterman, IL and later taught science in Rockford, IL. He often spoke fondly of his students and time as a teacher. As Manager of the National Peach Council, Bob visited orchards all over the country. He and Betty decided they would love to plant their own orchard and raise their children in the country. They purchased his folks’ dairy farm in Poplar Grove, IL and planted the first trees that would become known as Edwards Apple Orchard. They hoped guests would visit their farm and enjoy celebrating fall with their families. Bob founded Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL in 1964 and assisted in opening their location in 1990.

His obituary speaks of how Bob loved his community. How he was willing to help wherever needed. Some of the organizations he was passionate about included Poplar Grove Lions, Boone County Historical Society, Sister Cities of Belvidere, Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Rock Valley College, Illinois Horticulture Society, International Fruit Tree Association, Harlem Alums and his beloved card groups.

His life was celebrated with a visitation from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove. Funeral service was 11:00 am Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the North Boone Education Foundation to establish a scholarship in Bob’s name. Contributions may also be given to the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Thank you for a wonderful Fall season.
See you in August 2020 🍎🍏
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Thank you for a wonderful Fall season.
See you in August 2020 🍎🍏

 

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Fresh apples are the best! I’m curious about what happens with the left over apples after you close for the season. Do you sell them to local stores?

Thank you for great memories of my old home town.Everything You make is wonderful and so are your employees.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.See you in 2020

Thank you for the great memories n treats! Have a great off season! Much love!

Thank you for all your hard work to bring us such awesome apple delights and precious memories. Be well and God bless.

Happiest of holidays! Simply the BEST

Enjoy your much deserved rest!

Thank you. Have a great winter.

Thank you❣️

We simply love love love Edwards ❤️❤️, Merry Christmas

Thanks for the wonderful pulled pork sandwich, apple pie, ice cream and apple cider donuts I had last week!!!

See you next year 2020

Going to miss those cider doughnuts, wish you would make them all year round!

😔 never mad it there this year ! LOL

Best donuts ever and you guys are number 1 my BFF

I didn't get there this year I wish I had

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Any way I can get few bottles of the peach pepper jam from Poplar grove?

Thank you!

cold so cold

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Only 3 days left to get your favorites before they're gone!
We'll be open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 9am-5pm.
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Only 3 days left to get your favorites before theyre gone!
Well be open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 9am-5pm.

 

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Edward's Apple orchard west are there any deals this weekend?

We keep checking for the Raspberry salsa. My SIL and I always both purchase a years supply annually. I’m down to the last jar. Please tell me it’s back in stock!

We always enjoy Edward's every year. Family bring it to us out here in Michigan even! The best donuts, cider, and apples! Plus many more awesome goodies.

We'll be making a stop tomorrow morning! Son and daughter-in-law from Cleveland craving some apple donuts. 😁🍩

I need jam. See you guys tomorrow!

Is the Edwards in poplar grove still open?

Denise Pattison!!! We have to go!

Ashley Mehaffey, I need some donuts!

Faviola Vazquez Rivera Thalia Rivera r we guna go

Ashley Navickis

Cathy Wendtland

Jared Waugamon should we go grab donuts one more time?

Brittnay White

Danny Vazquez

Amanda Smith

Marla DeSoto could you bring me some

Emma De Leon

Izza Marquez Tboe O'Neal soooo can one y’all bring some donuts back tho 😩😩😩

Brandon Johnson, let's go😊

Kendra Wilson - Caples, 3 more days!!

Please! Someone send donuts!

Lou Ann Weaver

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Me to please! Don’t forget Marla .🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Raquel Tellez

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Our upcoming hours 🦃
Our last day of the season is Sunday December 1st
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Our upcoming hours 🦃
Our last day of the season is Sunday December 1st

 

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Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26th. 😉

Will miss all the wonderful goodies!!!

Sorry to see the season ending See you next season!!!

Was there today for a pulled pork sandwich, slice of pie and ice cream!! Yum!!!! Oh yea, a dozen donuts too for tomorrow!!

Corey Seaworth! One last time🧐

Mike Mick Ryan

Tammy Muir Peters

JohnPat Yager

Brett O' Hern

Fred Garza

Patrick Varney want to go one more time before we move?

Wesley Schaefer

Leslie Marie Wilson

Kaelee West make sure you get a visit in.

Stephanie Houser. Laura Millard Black Friday? Or spa? 🙂

Katie O'Brien Julie Evans 🤔🤔 Friday?

Jony Diaz

Kätï Bäutïstä Mörälës

Beth Groharing Manus better get those donuts!

Jessica Green 🥺🥺🥺🥺

Della and I went to Poplar Grove today had their Scare Crow soup it is so good I went for the strawberry poppy seed dressing and donuts good afternoon. We had a plumber out for shower he got it fixed Mike had the parts

Im working till 4 all this week. :( Oh well, Guess I'll just have to wait another full year. T_T I don't think I can make it out in time after work.

I wish you had fudge like the other one does. I'd be there every day 😁

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Apple Cider vs. Apple Juice, what's the difference?

🍎 Apple Cider is a raw apple juice that has not undergone ultrafiltration to remove pulp. Cider is more opaque and has pectin (which helps lower cholesterol) as well as vitamin C and iron. Apple Cider can be UV pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria while not harming the quality of the product.

🍏 Apple Juice can be filtered up to 40x removing all particles and sediment, giving it a longer shelf life and transparent appearance. Apple Juice is heated to be shelf stable until opened.
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Apple Cider vs. Apple Juice, whats the difference?

🍎 Apple Cider is a raw apple juice that has not undergone ultrafiltration to remove pulp. Cider is more opaque and has pectin (which helps lower cholesterol) as well as vitamin C and iron. Apple Cider can be UV pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria while not harming the quality of the product. 

🍏 Apple Juice can be filtered up to 40x removing all particles and sediment, giving it a longer shelf life and transparent appearance. Apple Juice is heated to be shelf stable until opened.

 

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When do you close for the season?

Apple Cider is my favorite 🤤💓💓

I 💜 your cider and 🤮 Apple juice

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There's still time to get your apple cider donuts.
We're open everyday 9am-5pm🕔
Closed Thanksgiving Day 🦃
Our last day of the season is Sunday December 1st ❄️
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Looks like me, I have sugared thousands and thousands of donuts this year at the other Edwards. Bittersweet it is coming to an end of the season..

Yum! Miss you guys! Will come in soon before close!

What apples do you have still?

Michael Fry time is running out! Go go go go go!

Cathy Wendtland

Heriberto Ibarra get some today

Jessie Hellyer

Erik Feggestad we should go before they close

Rodrigo Martinez Jr. Can we go????

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