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John B. Edwards

August 13, 1948 - February 8, 2021

John B. Edwards

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John B. Edwards, 72, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away on February 8, 2021 in Rockford, IL after an extended illness. John was born on August 13, 1948 in Beloit, WI to Leroy and Darlene (Wallace) Edwards. He married his loving wife of 50 years, Anne Anderson, at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere, IL. John graduated from North Boone High School and started to attend Rock Valley College until he was drafted into the war. After he was drafted, he enlisted in the United States Army and faithfully served our country in the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he began working for the Winnebago County Highway Department as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He worked there for over 41 years until his retirement. While working, John attended Reisch Worldwide College of Auctioneering in June 1979 in Mason City, Iowa. John was a member of the Prairie Grange and Flora Grange. He was a Fur and Feather Auctioneer for the Boone County Fair for a number of years. He loved auctioneering, farming and dairy farming, and collecting farming memorabilia. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandsons, who were the light of his life.

John will be dearly missed by his wife, Anne; his daughter, Maradith (Steve Goodall) Hada of Poplar Grove; his siblings, Susan (Charles) Peterson of St. Charles, William (Kim) Edwards of South Beloit, Martha (James) Kniffin of New Glarus, Karen (Ken) Bach of Beloit, Alan (Michelle) Edwards of Wausau, and Leroy (Joy) Edwards of South Beloit; his grandsons, Damien and Trevor Hada; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family; and his auctioneer buddy, Dave Kreig.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A walk-through visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. The funeral ceremony will follow. Due to state mandates, only 25 guests are allowed in the funeral home at one time. A live stream of the funeral ceremony will be made available on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. Pastor Tom Hay will be officiating. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 15, 2021 at Poplar Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations in John’s name may be gifted to the family to establish a memorial at a later date.

Service Schedule

Saturday, February 13, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A walk-through visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. Due to state mandates, only 25 guests are allowed in the funeral home at one time.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

A live stream of the funeral ceremony will be made available on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

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Anne, we can’t express our sorrow for you loss. We didn’t know John well but we could see he was a giving person. Please call on us if you need anything. Your neighbors, Tom and Karen
113 London Rd se

Tom and Karen Wilson 2021-02-17T17:51:26

Sorry all but I won’t be making visitation because of weather and Covid-19 concerns

I wish the Edward’s family the Lords Peace

God Bless all
Denny and Donna

Denny Wallace 2021-02-13T11:20:17

Our extended sympathy for your loss. Good bye to a good friend.

The John Fritsch Family 2021-02-12T20:41:14

Dan and Kim our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss🙏

Vicki and Darryl-Didier 2021-02-12T12:56:13

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. His humor will be missed. He was a great auctioneer made you laugh.

Steve & Becky Roach

Stephen l Roach 2021-02-12T08:31:03

Sorry to read of John’s passing. Our condolences to the family. He will be missed.

Don & Lee Ward 2021-02-11T19:20:10

We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
Anne, Maradith and family, you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry and Nancy Margis 2021-02-11T09:47:16

Sympathies.

Shepherds 2021-02-10T21:11:12

So sorry of hearing of John’s passing. We will sure miss him at the fair helping us with the 4-H Fur and Feather Auction.
Boone County Auction Association

Marilyn and Dale Rhode 2021-02-10T14:00:26

I’m so sorry John passed. He always asked how everyone else was doing! I’m gonna miss him.

Melissa V. 2021-02-10T13:35:22

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