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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We are sad to announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Robert (Bob) Edwards, this past week at the age of 90.
He was the founder of Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL in 1964 and assisted in opening our location in 1990.
Whether you were an orchard goer, student, or friend, he has touched many, countless lives. He will be dearly missed by us all but his memory will live on every Fall❤️
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We are sad to announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Robert (Bob) Edwards, this past week at the age of 90.
He was the founder of Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL in 1964 and assisted in opening our location in 1990.
Whether you were an orchard goer, student, or friend, he has touched many, countless lives. He will be dearly missed by us all but his memory will live on every Fall❤️

 

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Condolences to the Edwards family! Such a special part of Rockford!

God bless and comfort you. He leaves a wonderful legacy.

So sorry for your loss, Lynn and Mike

So very sorry for your loss R.I.P Robert Edwards

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers

Sending love and hugs!

He did so much for so many :) Great memories for so many people.

Such a kind man! Prayers to the family for strength and peace. 🙏🏻. RIP Bob.

So sorry for your loss! He was a great man! Thinking of you all.

Our humble sympathy to all your family. We have so many fond memories of visiting the orchard in Poplar Grove for 30+ years. Praise to your grandparents & his family for all the wonder that is Edward Orchard. Bless you all.

So sorry for your loss. May your many wonderful memories of him bring you all comfort. My family loves your Apple Orchard!

My condolences to your family 🙏

Sorry for your loss. God be with you all.

So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers.

So sorry for your loss. Remember the great memories he gave to all that spent time at your orchards. Please don't change!

So sorry for your loss!!! We had the pleasure of meeting Bob when we installed the new apple sorting machine in August. This was at the Poplar Grove sight. He greeted us with cheers and had some fantastic stories of when the first machine was put in back in the 80s . Like how in the weekes leading up to the first ones instal his kids got to swim in the pit the machine was to be put into. RIP Bob .

I loved him! One of the best teachers I ever had! Science at Roosevelt.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Sorry for your loss....So many enjoy the fruits of his hard work.❤️

So very sorry for your loss. His orchard was and is a very special place to so many of us. Many happy memories there. A wonderful legacy he has passed down. 💗

We are sorry for your loss and happy such a great man had such wonderful ambition to open Edwards Apple Orchard. He started a legacy that will be carried on with each generation that follows. Our family and many friends love coming to Edwards. Mr. Edwards and all the family are in our familys prayers. God bless Bob Edwards for wonderful legacy with the orchard. He has assisted many family build good memories at his place. I hope his family smiles and remembers all the great times they have shared with him, those smiles will get the famy through. Hugs from our family to the Edwarda family❤🍎❤

Condolences to the Family!

I’m so sorry to hear this! My grandma passed away Tuesday at the same age of 90! 💔 it’s a devastating loss!

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We are officially closed for the 2018 season.
From our family to yours, Thank You for another wonderful year. We'll see you in August 2019!
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We are officially closed for the 2018 season.
From our family to yours, Thank You for another wonderful year. Well see you in August 2019!

 

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So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family

My very deepest sympathies Lynn and Mike. Big huggs.

sorry, just saw you are closed

thank you!

Thank you

You sure went out on some CRAZY weather!!!

Thank you for the donuts,cider,apples and fantastic memories!! 💜💛❤💜💛❤

Thank you from Nashville!

Boo!

The season seems way too short, thanks for the cider and donuts, see you next year.

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Only 2 days left before we close for the season!
We have donuts ready to be put in the freezer so you can enjoy them throughout the year. Our apple cider also freezes well, just take some off the top before freezing🍎🍏
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Only 2 days left before we close for the season!
We have donuts ready to be put in the freezer so you can enjoy them throughout the year. Our apple cider also freezes well, just take some off the top before freezing🍎🍏

 

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Me too Lynette!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Enjoy walking around your place. See you next time I come up, God willing..

Wish you would, could ship. We dont have anything like that here in Dallas 😣

Lynette Jacques they offer shippable donuts. You just have to pick them up and drop them off at a post office or something. Christmas present?

Brandon Cates, they are still open 😬

Jennifer 👁👃🏻👁

Alexander Jenkins 😩😩

Those are the best donuts!

Mariah Lewis

Stephanie Norton Sunday??

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Lucy Ortega Ortega Ramos Mirta Ortega trabajan el sábado ??? Deberíamos de ir esta delicioso todo lo que venden ahí

Brandon Roberts 1 last trip

Julie Peppers last trip for my birthday?

I Love the Apple Cinnamon BBQ sauce they have.It's great on chicken,pork etc.

The apple season went too fast...

AJ Tracey Breonna Swinney Ronda Lee Hughes crying we have to go

Jordan can we please go on Saturday? Last chance!!

Alexander Jenkins 😩😩😩

Jacey Mary Friday mornin lets get donuts and cider!

Comancen unas donas a mi salud y un pai de manzana y un tecito de manzana jajaja

If you guys go let me know I need more dip mix

Los ultimos dias

Glad we got there yesterday!

Got to get over there..

Great em while you can!

😋😋😋

Anyone know if you can send them in the mail and still be good after they arrive?

Don Beinborn and Renee Cheek is there any way you two can make it there for a cute little date this weekend grab me a box of donuts and ship them here!

Hope to see you next season.

Thanks Edwards for another great year!!!

Wonderful fall of Family Traditions!

Lord willing....see you next year!

Jacey quit teasing me...lol

Hate to have to wait till next year to get our donut and apple fix

Still had my favorite apples 🍎. Cortland!❤️ JJ

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Have you tried our Homemade Pumpkin Cake Roll yet? It will be a delicious, yet simple dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner 🦃 ... See MoreSee Less

Have you tried our Homemade Pumpkin Cake Roll yet? It will be a delicious, yet simple dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner 🦃

 

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Looks great

Yummy!! Will you be working wed ?

Alexis Brianna

Will u be working wed

Yummy!! Will you be working wed ?

Looks great

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