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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Warming temperatures and melting snow is making our job of pruning our 8,000+ trees a little easier. This is our first full year of using our new Felco battery operated pruners. We've been making about 6,000 cuts per day which is far more efficient than our old air compressor pruners. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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He has left a wonderful legacy...prayers for all of the family..cherish the wonderful memories!

So sorry for your loss. I have been a satisfied customer for 30+ years. He left a wonderful legacy.

So many memories growing up..... god bless all of you in this difficult time

So very sorry to hear this! Prayers to you & your family!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family for the passing of your dad.. 🙏💗

So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers

Our condolences. He left a great legacy

What a wonderful legacy he has left. God bless

A beautiful legacy for you all. Our deepest condolences.

So sorry for your loss. I feel blessed to have had the honor of knowing him. May your fond memories help you to find peace at this difficult time.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Edwards Orchard has a special place in our memories & heart. Thank you for the blessing and sharing the experience of the orchard with our family. Blessings to you in this time of loss.

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 .

We always enjoyed talking about Harlem high school. He will be missed. Hugs to you and your family.

🙏Prayers for the Edwards family..

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.

Hugs. Sorry for your family loss.

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. 💗

- Thank you for bringing us the best place that everyone looks forward to going too . R.I.P .

Prayers for the Edwards Family. May he Rest in Peace.

Prayers And many fond memories

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

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

Condolences to the Family!

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

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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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Thank you from Nashville!

sorry, just saw you are closed

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family

You sure went out on some CRAZY weather!!!

My very deepest sympathies Lynn and Mike. Big huggs.

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

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

Thank you

thank you!

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

Brandon Cates, they are still open 😬

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?

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

Those are the best donuts!

Stephanie Norton Sunday??

Jennifer 👁👃🏻👁

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Alexander Jenkins 😩😩

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