Ralph Richard "Soph-Sud" Scott, Sr.

May 28, 1937 - January 31, 2021

Ralph Richard "Soph-Sud" Scott, Sr.

May 28, 1937 - January 31, 2021


Ralph was born May 28, 1937 to Lincoln Scott of the Swinomish Tribe and Helen Rose Lawrence (Hillaire) of the Lummi Nation. He lived on the Swinomish Reservation for the first five year of his life. He graduated on May 14, 1954 from Chemawa Indian School, and then joined the U.S. Air Force; February 7, 1953 – October 15, 1958. He did his basic training in Parks Air Force Base in California. He was then transferred to Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming where he completed his schooling for Ground Powered and Support Equipment Repairs in December 13, 1955. He spent time at Yokota Air Base in Japan where he completed 2 more classes in Airmanship and Compulsory Driver Improvement. While in the Service, he also spent time in Hawaii and Iceland. He married the love of his life Rosalie Irene Scott (Jones) on November 12, 1961 in Bellingham, Washington. Like many other tribal members, he was part of the Relocation Act and he received training as a Machinist at the Oregon City Vocational School April 1, 1964 – April 13, 1966. He was described as a superior student. Once his training was complete, he came back to Lummi and spent the rest of his life working at the Intalco Aluminum Corporation. Ralph was a natural athlete. He loved to play football, basketball, and baseball. Not to mention he was an exceptional canoe puller. His children and grandchildren will forever cherish the life teachings he shared with them in his own special way. His great-grandchildren will especially miss him in the stands, bleachers and the on beach as their #1 fan. All who knew and loved Ralph will remember him as being humble, kind, soft spoken, and always smiling. Ralph was survived by his wife of 60 years Rosalie Scott; children Karen Scott, Sharon (Joseph) Johnson, Maureen (Steve) Kinley, Ralph (Angel) Scott, and Ryan (Lauri) Scott; grandchildren Scott, Todd and Earl Johnson, Nicholas, Cameron, and Ally Scott, Darian Williams and Jasmine Scott, Billie Jean Kinley; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Gail (Ron) Phair and Charles Scott. He is preceded in death by his parents Lincoln Scott, Helen Lawrence (Hillaire), sisters Katherine Tom, Esther Ware, Barbara Berger, and Marion Alvarez.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at Moles Funeral Home, Main St Ferndale from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 11:30am at Lummi Nation Cemetery.

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8 responses to Ralph Richard "Soph-Sud" Scott, Sr.

  1. Rosalie and all the Scott family,
    Rosalie it will be such a loss to see you without Ralph(your soul mate and love), you two were always together every time we saw you. You both brought a smile to our faces just seeing you two!! He will always be with you and your family in spirt and memories!!
    He was such a good husband and father to you and your children, that’s why between the two of you, you raised such a good family!!
    Love to all the family!!
    Denne and Diane Harrington

  2. Rosalie and family, just had a thought that might give you a bit of smile in such a sad time! I had a dream last night, I saw Ralph looking down from above. He saw Rosalie, his daughters and Angel sitting around together. Then he saw Ralphie, and he got a twinkle in his eye and had a little chuckle, as he thought to himself, what is Ralphie going to do without me for backup, with all the girls and Mom!!
    Love to all!!
    Denne and Diane

  3. Ralph, Angel, and all who knew & loved your dad. I knew your parents (& YOU), from my years working at Hong Kong Garden. What a wonderful family! I just want you all to know that I am thinking of you, and my heart aches for you in the loss of your dad! Sending love to all of you,
    Kathy Poortinga

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