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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ralph, thank you for always honoring your promise to my father. I will never forget that action.

Posted by Matthew Bordes - Superior, WI - friend   October 20, 2014


Uncle Ralphie is what I called him,tho not a real uncle never the less he was my Uncle Ralphie. As i look back I remember those Sealtest picnics at you house in Cary.Yep and my uncle Ralphie would NEVER give out the secret recipie for those delicious shrimp he would make. From my wedding to my retirement him and Joan were there. You see my dad and Uncle Ralphie worked together at Sealtest and how ironic that in Belvidere that they live right across the street. I will never forget after my dad passed Uncle Ralphie said to me with tears in his eyes"I promised him" I said what ? "I promised him that I would look after your mom" and that he did at times when I couldn't get out to mom quickly ralph was there. I will forever be grateful for my Uncle Ralphie and the way he always liked helping others. Not sure if there is ice cream in heaven but I know him and dad are there. I shall miss you Uncle Ralpie so I won.t say good bye but rather see you soon!
Because in Christ there are no good byes we will see each other again!

Posted by claudia larson - elgin, IL - friend   October 19, 2014

Our sincere condolences to Joan and family. Ralph was our neighbor for several years. He was always smiling and joking and willing to lend a helping hand. We loved him dearly and he will be missed. Gary and Darla Leek

Posted by Gary and Darla Leek - Belvidere, IL - Friend and neighbor   October 19, 2014

Your smile lit up any room you entered, I will always remember it. My condolences to all who love you, I wish you fair winds and smooth sailing on your new journey. We shall miss you.



Posted by Lisa - Concord, CA - friend   October 18, 2014

I had the pleasure of working with Ralph as a board member when I lived in the FSHA back until 2008. The committee ran under his leadership until disbanded by the park owners. It was never the same after that. Rest in Peace Ralph.

Posted by John Owiecki - Beloit, WI - Friend   October 18, 2014

My dear brother, Ralph. My sympathy to your whole family in their loss. Ralph, you are my Hero. I remember you looking out for me when we were kids-especially when we were in the orphanage. Then our lives changed again when Mom(Marie) married Albert (Grandpa K-dog). You walked me to school, a new different place for both of us. Even in those days you were always smiling, the class clown. Does anyone else remember you building the boat in our basement in Chicago?You were always the dreamer, the eternal optimist. But also the hard worker for your dreams. You wanted a wife and children. And there you were - married for 56 years to Joan with 4 children - that you worked very long hours for, to give them a life you never had when young. You dreamt of a big house-so you remodeled and built it.
I know you are in God's arms.

Posted by Alicemae Sounde Christian - suncitycenter, FL - sister   October 18, 2014

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Posted by Alicemae Sounded Christian - suncitycenter, FL - sister   October 18, 2014

Our thoughts, prayers and love to the Sounde family. Be thankful for all of the great memories that were made and know that you have many friends who love you and are here for you.

Posted by The Lalor Family - Harvard, IL - Friend   October 17, 2014

Thanks for your great sense of humor. You made a lot of people smile!!

Posted by Bob & Trish Wainscott - Huntley, IL - Friend   October 17, 2014


Ralph will be missed by friends and family. He was a caring and loving man who gave freely of himself. Joan and family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Paul and Vickie Kroeger - Greenville, SC - cousin in law   October 17, 2014

Ralph, you were such a character and I will miss all your stories! I know you are keeping all the laughter going in Heaven, and that huge smile is on your face! May you rest in peace, and continue to watch over Joan and the rest of the family - you are missed dearly. Joan and family, you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lisa Schmidt - Cherry Valley,, IL   October 17, 2014

Thanks for all the good times in the scout meetings Mr.Sounde.

Posted by Scott Svendsen - Mundelein, IL   October 16, 2014

Ralph is someone who kept you laughing all the time you were with him. Always a big smile on his face! The world was a better place with him in it! Now heaven is getting all his humor!!! So sorry for you loss. He will be missed.

Posted by Cathy Wargo - Belvidere, IL - Friend & Salesperson   October 16, 2014

Ralph always put a smile on my face. He was so welcoming & always helpful. It was a real pleasure to serve his real estate needs in the sale of the New Port Richey house. I am very sorry for your loss as I know he will be missed. Julie Pitta, Realtor Pitta & Associates

Posted by Julie Pitta - New Port Richey, FL - friend in business   October 15, 2014

Ralph was my first Scoutmaster and only for a short time. I remember many good times with him and all the leaders of Troop 160 in Cary.
I am now active in a Troop and at Sycamore District Scouting also in part due to Ralph's love of Scouts.
I am going camping this weekend and will not be able to attend the services. Thanks Ralph for turning me onto Scouts and camping. I will be thinking of you at the campfire this weekend.
Oh Great Scoutmaster until we meet again!!!
Don Novak, Eagle Scout Troop 160, 1981. Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 455, Johnsburg IL. Membership Committee Sycamore District/Blackhawk Area Council

Posted by Donald Novak - Johnsburg, IL - Scouts   October 15, 2014

Ralph will be missed by many he always was smiling and kind to everyone. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Ralph will be watching over all of you.

Posted by Ang Daniels - Belvidere, IL - Friend   October 15, 2014

Dear Sound Family,
I'm sorry for your loss. Rest in peace.

Posted by Debby Lind - Cary, IL - friend   October 14, 2014

Ralph was one of my favorite people in the world. He always had a smile and a quick wit. He and Joanie are the epitome of married love...they were still in love after 55 years! Ralph will be missed by many, many people. He was generous to a fault, and was always entertaining. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Posted by Judith McGraw - Belvidere, IL - friend   October 14, 2014

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This is Ralph on stage at one of our meetings. Taken on 10-5-06. Trying to be Fonzie!