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

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Picking lots of apples this week! These beautys are next, what variety do you think they are?


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I am thinking a Jonamac Apple which is a mixed between Jonathan and McIntosh!



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When us the jonamacs ready?


Do you have macintosh?


Mac Intosh

Honeycrips 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼😋😋

When will you get Jonathan apples??

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This type of weather has us craving Apple Cider Slushies 🍎🍏 ... See MoreSee Less

This type of weather has us craving Apple Cider Slushies 🍎🍏


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Apple Cider Slushies are sooooo YUMMY!!!! My Grand Daughter & I had one last week!!!

Apple Cider Slushies are our favorite!

Nashville Quilt Company is making Edwards their first AND last stop!! 🥰🥰 #appleciderdoughnuts

They are normally yummy but they need a bit more cider ours was mostly ice barely tasted the cider last time

I've never r had your slushies , does it have Carmel & nuts on it ?

Do you deliver to Indiana looks yummy!

Man that looks good!!! But they aren't pasteurized are they? 😭 (I'm preggers)

what a great place and awesome folks out there ! Make you feel right at home !!!!

Do you have Your apple cider doughnuts ready????

I was there today 🙌🏼

We're coming😄

Sounds tasty.

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their Cider is second to none !!!

Are both Edwards locations the same?

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Lindsey Boesen!!!

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Slushies! 🍎 Patti Tumilowicz

No!!!! Gonna get one ASAP!!!!

Chelsea Stewart slushies!!! Yummy! 🍎

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THANK YOU for posting this!!

I bought some from you last year that were comparable to honeycrisp... what were they?

No Jonamac?? Loved those for pies.

I love the Cameo apples! They go great in an apple crisp!

No granny smith this year

Sara Lopez Cantrell

Will you have Macintosh

Any Cortland ???

Late Fuji🥰

Why no MacIntosh? Rita

Lucas Jansson

Do you have Ida Red apples?

Are you doing pick your own now?

Dan J Castro

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Betty Miller

Can’t wait for honey crisps

Joseph Shableau

Joan Bieszart, Jordan Flowers Heather Kolanda Hardtke... Honeycrisp just in time for next weekend ☺️

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Mike Roberts this is why there were hardly any apples!

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Edwards Apple Orchard West

🍎🍏🍎It's time for that rare opportunity to buy warm donuts and shop Edwards Apple Orchard West extra early. Coming up Wednesday, September, 11th they will open at 6 AM for our LIVE broadcast. Hard to believe we've done this for over 2 decades! If you need more than 2 dozen, please call 815-963-2261 to place and order.🍎🍏🍎 ... See MoreSee Less

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Have had our donuts already thanks to Tina/Jimmy and Joy!! Yummy

Yummy! Some one have a few for me please!


Terri Johnson I went to Edwards West twice already & the line wasn't bad either time. Edward's East is usually much more busy but good to take little kids to that one. They have cider, doughnuts, cider slushies, cheese curds, apples, & so on but it isn't as big as the other orchard.

Went there on Sunday!

Do you mail donuts???? I need some in AZ!! I miss Edwards!!

Hey Edwards peeps.... could you post the schedule of what apples are to be ready on what dates...? Please?


Oh how I wished you shipped 😭😭😭😭

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Chris Parker!!! $10.99 a dozen this year. And I would love some Apple Cider!!!

Dawnie Marie I wish you and UJ could come back and go with us!

Is the wait usually quite long? Also is it only for donuts?

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I want lots

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Love the pictures sequence

I love this place!

I can’t wait for honey crisp apples

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