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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Opening for the 2019 season Friday August 23rd

 

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I'm in CA, miss Edward's so much! Best donuts ever.

❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am SOOOO happy I moved back to IL!! Right on time!!!

Yay! Best donuts ever!😊

I will have college students this year. I hear of people mailing the donuts and apples. Any recommendations of how to mail them.

Wish we were there! Our favorite place to visit when we come to Rockford.

I'm so excited!!!!

Best donuts, pie, & wonderful apples ❤

Yes. Yes. We are very pleased. Husband is very excited. 💖👍

I love the atmosphere here. Fresh apples are great also.

I love this place!!!

Gosh. I miss this. I moved to south Carolina 8 years ago and I miss Edwards so much in the fall!

Ok I'm gonna need someone to overnight me some of these donuts! Truly one of my most missed things from illinois

My service dog peach loves going to the orchard!

Perfect timing!

Thank you apple orchard, I am ready😍😘

The best donuts.

I would love to tag along with you gals.

Gosh I wish I could come there. Best donuts ever

There are few things I miss in IL...this is one of them!

I moved back home to Texas after 10 years of coming to y’all! 😞

best donuts ever!

Hope your apples are doing better than mine!

I’m not ready for fall yet, but the only doughnuts I ever buy are the ones I get at Edwards.

Fudge on yes must have their fudge! And Apple cider doughnuts 🍩🍩

Oh miss that place so much

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Baby Red is growing bigger everyday!🍎
Loves: sunshine & calm days
Dislikes: rainy cold days & strong winds
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Baby Red is growing bigger everyday!🍎
Loves: sunshine & calm days
Dislikes: rainy cold days & strong winds

 

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I’m so excited!!!!!!

Cook I can’t wait for us to go out there this years ! Yummo

It’s going to be a very good year ... Mr Edwards is watching from heaven !

Do you all have a date picked for opening day yet? 💕 Traveling a little over six hours to do our annual visit.

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Can not wait !!!

Nallely Cruz

Really?? Wow!!

Shandy Clifton

Yum!

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Happy national donut day!!
Now only if it was Fall time.....
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Happy national donut day!!
Now only if it was Fall time.....

 

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Always the best...

Yum ! That’s s why we look forward to fall.

Always the best...

These are THE BEST! And we’ve sampled our share of others that just weren’t worth the calories. 😊

Do you ship these amazing donuts????

we just got spring..love your donuts...but..fall needs to wait it's turn. lol

Do you deliver??? Would enjoy some of those!!!

Sounds great! You know I love them even though I don’t need them. Reminds me of Detroit.

"Time to make the Donuts... your Donuts make me GO nuts!" - Michael Scott. Surprisingly relevant.

Yummy....

Don’t tease us! You guys should do a donut day surprise day. You would make a killing!

Lol... I thought maybe you were open today for Donut Day! I was preparing for my kids to make a Donut Run to the orchard. 🍎

Basically my whole year revolves around waiting for fall. Edwards, Halloween, and all the colors. Cant wait!

I’m not in a hurry for summer to end by any means but I do love fall and this is one of the reasons. I love EVERYTHING about Edwards!! ❤️

If only we could get these today!

I wish it was!!!!!!

I can't wait!

Just a Teaser! 🍎🍩

It is at our house-we froze some!

Thank you Kate Ayling and Peter J Jr. Ayling introduced me to this, so delicious🥰 Couldnt find like this near my hometowm😑

This post is just down right mean and cruel! 😡😂

We can take a rain check until fall...we don't mind 😉🍩🍎😋

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Should be perfect timing!

Best donuts evet 😋

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There is nothing like the smell of apple blossoms

See you in August or September

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

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. Weve been making about 6,000 cuts per day which is far more efficient than our old air compressor pruners.Image attachment

 

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I can’t wait for the Apple season 🥧🍎🍏

I didn't know you would do that with this kind of weather!

Hope the trees survived the severe temps!

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