Sondergard, Ronald




 July 16, 1940 – September 21, 2011




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Ronald Dale Sondergard
July 16, 1940 – September 21, 2011
Born on July 16, 1940 in McPherson, KS to the late Dale Jorgenson and Leona Bernhardt Sondergard, Ron grew up in Manhattan KS, graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business and Accounting and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. After college he started his career with Sprint Corporation in Kansas City, Mo. In 1982 he was transferred to Tarboro, NC and served as Controller for Carolina Telephone. In 1992 his last move was to Raleigh NC where he finished a 35 year career with Sprint retiring in 2001 as President of No-Cuts, a Sprint subsidiary.
Ron was in the Boy Scouts and achieved the Eagle Scout ranking in 1955. Ron was very involved in his community and loved volunteering; among his favorites were his bi-weekly volunteer days for the Catholic Parrish Outreach and tutoring children in math at a local elementary school. He was a member of North Raleigh United Methodist Church. While living in Tarboro he was President of the Kiwanis Club and served on the board of Directors for Tarboro Savings & Loan for several years.
After retirement he designed and built his dream home at Lake Gaston where he loved visiting frequently. Ron served as President of Eaton's Ferry Estate Home Owners Association. The lake home is always full of friends and family and many wonderful memories were made that will last a lifetime.
He will be remembered as a proud, loving, and generous husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. His kindness to all animals and devotion to his dogs Louie, Sammy and Becker was endless. Ron's interest in geography took him to many European countries through his many years of travel. Ron loved life and never met a stranger. His patience, wisdom, kindness and smile will be remembered always.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Barbara Ann McCarter.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon Black Sondergard, sons, Brett Sondergard and wife Christie, of Dortches, NC, Scott Sondergard , daughter, Amy Sondergard both of Raleigh, NC and two grandchildren Owen and Emily Sondergard. He has two brothers, twin Arnold Sondergard and wife Judy of California, Lyle Sondergard and wife Jill of Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Brown and brother-in-law Harvey McCarter, both of Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday September 26, 2011 at North Raleigh Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615. A reception at the Church will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Parish Outreach, 2013 N, Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604 OR Camp Rescue for Animals, P.O. Box 99669, Raleigh, NC 27624.

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3 thoughts on “Sondergard, Ronald”

  1. Second gtade will always be very special since Ron was my deskmate! Lots of fond and funny memories.

  2. Ronnie was a very special classmate and so dear to the many memories we shared in growing up together in Manhattan

  3. To all
    Judy and I were in Chicago on a little visit and to attend the NASCAR race on Sept 18th and then on up to Green Bay. I called Ron from there several times and knew he was not doing very good, and I was planning a trip to Raleigh to see him when we got home, to late.
    He had a good life and the future was not looking very bright for him as his health was failing fast. We both have had Diabetes since we were 20, so that is 51 years. Somehow he did not fair as well as me as had many heart issues and leg circulations problems, but he was always so positive and took each turn as a new chalenge and came out on top. One never knows when the final time comes, and you always want just a little more but in end this probably was a blessing, went quick, Sharon had gone out that evening and when returned home found him, paramedics could not revive him, and if they did, may not have been pleasant. who knows
    Anyway, we were close, even tho I have always been on the west coast and he on the east, got together quite often 
    I will always admire his courage and attutide thru his struggles and he led a good active life, has a great family.
    I only had a few notes for the service and just talked from my memory and do not want to try and write it all out on an e-mail. I hope you understand.
    If you all have a reunion in 2 years, I may try and come back, my health is very good, I think.
    Arnie Sondergard

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