Ralph Richard Scott, Sr. “Soph-Sud”

5/28/1937 - 1/31/2021

Ralph Richard Scott, Sr. “Soph-Sud”

5/28/1937 - 1/31/2021


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 Scott, Sr. “Soph-Sud”

  1. yvonne cagey says:

    I am so sorry for your loss family! He was a great and faithful man

  2. Sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Scott. I have grown to feel like a member of your family because you made it easy. Sending prayers of strength to get you through these difficult days and hugs that will comfort you in the tomorrows ahead. Your love for him and each other will build on an already strong family bond that you are so blessed to share. Love always, Pitt

  3. Rosalie, we’re so very sorry to learn of your loss at the passing of your life’s most beloved. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Cathy Ballew says:

    Rest In Peace, much respect, I will always remember you coming to the stommish grounds and talking to us about the canoe and the lifestyle of a puller

  5. Uncle Ralph was a kind, gentle, humble man. I loved his Super Smile as he greeted you! Always smiling and talking so softly! He will be missed by many! Rest in Paradise!

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