Ralph Sounde

  • Born: February 23, 1936
  • Died: October 9, 2014
  • Location: Belvidere, Illinois

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Ltd. - Mulford Chapel

1860 South Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Tel. (815) 226-2273

Tribute & Message From The Family


Belvidere-Ralph Sounde, 78, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 23, 1936 in Chicago, IL. Son of Harold Sounde and Marie (Durbeck) Sounde-Kopfer. He married Joan E. Meyer of Arlington Heights, IL in St. Petersburg, FL on July 19, 1958. Ralph worked for KraftFoods for almost 40 years before retiring. He was a long time resident of Cary, IL where he was Cubmaster of Pack 357 and Scoutmaster of Troop 160 for many years, and also was involved with the Blackhawk Area Council in Rockford, IL. Ralph also served with, and was retired from Teamster Union Local 717/735. He and Joan moved to Belvidere in 2005. He enjoyed doing remodeling for friends and family, traveling, and most of all, spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson. Ralph was a friend to many and his favorite line was always, "How can I help you?" no matter who you were. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joan, sons Scott (Theresa) and Tim (Marian) Sounde; daughters Tammy (Boris) Sounde-Brown and Marisa (Mari Sounde) Nor; grandchildren Jake, Jessica and Faith Sounde, Lauren Sounde, Katie Underwood, Karleigh, Alyssa, Emma and Mia Nor; great-grandson Salvador Herrera; sister Alicemae Christian; 2 half-brothers and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws and brother-in-law. Visitation is Sunday, October 19th from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm followed by a service and celebration of his life at Fitzgerald's Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL (815)226-2273. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heartland Hospice in Rockford, the family, or the Alzheimer's Association.