Chuck Raison, Author at The Ring Finders

precious jewelry in the rifle river.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

Hi all.     On Aug 18th i received a call and email from Amanda.    A young lady in distress.  Seems she was tube floating with her family, friends and love of her life.    Not far into the float her engagement ring slipped from her finger and sank to the bottom of the river.   In a panic she screamed for all to stop.  They all searched for the ring to no avail.   As i was told this ring,  both engagement and wedding together was kept in a box for 50 yrs. waiting for the day Amanda would here the proposal that would change her life forever.    The next day i drove the 2 hrs. to Sterling mi. and met with Amanda.  for 5 hrs. i search for the ring in about 75 yds. of river.  All this time Amanda walked the the river rocks and gravel in a pair of socks.   This ring meant so much to her that she indured the pain to support me in my efforts.  No luck that day and i feared it was in the very deep hole on the bend we were searching.  Do to storms and heavy rain i had to wait two days to return.   With help of a friend we started back down the river.   In 2 hrs. we finally found the ring on the top edge of the deep hole.   I was so excited you would have thought it was my ring recovered.  I think the real treasure here is Amanda and i believe all who know her feel the same.   Another thumbs up for Ring Finders and another very happy young lady.            Chuck  TRF

Big Star Lake Gives Up Gold.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
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On 6/28/18   I received a call from young wife Brianna that her husband Lee had lost his wedding ring in Big Star Lk. in Baldwin Mi.   Renting a cottage for their vacation they had one day left before going home.    We agreed i would meet them the next morning and start the search.   The search area was 4 to 5 ft. deep and roughly 25×25 ft square.  Piece of cake right?   Well,  after walking a grid from two directions i had 3 lures, several sinkers a pull tab and a bottle cap.  I also scooped a couple pennies.  I did hit another penny that i was sure was a zinc so i just kept passing it up.  A little frustrated i went back to the zinc thinking it was possible it was masking the rings signal.   One scoop and bingo,  there was the ring in the scoop with the penny.   A good friend and fellow ring finder ( Dave Boyer)  started out with a saying which became his handle on the friendly forum has it right.  DIG IT ALL.  Thanks Dave.   This day ends with another happy camper and a post for the book of smiles.  Good hunting to all and wishing Brianna and Lee a long and happy life.   Sincerely,  Chuck Raison

Class Ring & Roxanne Reunited.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
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September 12th  i was with a few other Ring Finders on a get together hunt at a lake near Kalamazoo mi.  Half way through the day i scooped a class ring with the name Roxanne inside.  The ring was from a school in northern lower mi.   Within a few days i was able to find about 30 phone numbers with Roxanne’s last name.   After talking to Dave Boyer, ( well known ring finder from Grand Rapids Mi.  and very good friend.)   He offered to do a search and try to find the young lady for me.   Within hours Dave called and let me know that Roxanne lived in Battle Creek Mi.   He had left her my number on face book and why we we’re trying to get in touch.    The next day Roxanne called me and was very excited over the news.    She went on to tell me that she lost it earlier this summer and did not know if it was in the water or on land.    Roxanne’s father had bought the ring for her when she was about to graduate high school and it was for this reason very precious  to her.    She also told me that the day Dave got in touch with her was her birthday which made the day real special.    I live 150 plus miles from Battle Creek so i asked her to hold on till around the 20th of oct. when i was traveling to Indiana to see family and i would meet her in B C.   The picture tells the rest of the story.    This not being a called in hunt for someone’s lost ring had me thinking.                                      RING FINDERS   EVER VIGILANT.         Chuck TRF

Built in radar.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

Hey everyone.        Sunday last i received a call from Tim who with his family was up at silver lake from Ohio on vacation.     While out in the water the day before,  Tim’s older son was feeling his oats and figured he could take the old man down.     A strapping young man he is but short on one end next to the mountain that is dad.    During the playful scuffle Tim”s platnum wedding band did a double loop high dive and came to rest somewhere in the sand two and a half feet deep in the water.     They searched but to no avail.      With his anniversary coming up in a few days and his wife becoming very worried they would never see it again, it was time to seek help.    ENTER  RING FINDERS.    It was an hour and thirty five minute drive from where i was on holiday with my family so i loaded what i needed and the wife and i we’re off.     Once there i met Tim and he took me to where he was pretty sure the ring would be.   Forgetting my scoop i asked Tim’s son to go to the van and get it  for me while i searched.    Being stormy that day i also offered to let Tim use my spare ATpro with hopes of covering more water in less time.    He headed in to retrieve it from my van and i began the search.   Before he reached shore he turned to look back and noticed i was standing still just looking toward him.    I shouted that i had a very good signal and could be his ring.    He and his son returned and with the scoop,   on the second try,  there was the ring in the bottom.     I need to mention that Tim had pointed out two buoys,   one west and one north and guided me to where he was sure the ring took it’s plunge.    The ring was within 10 feet of where Tim and i started the search.    Almost waist deep water,    i was in and out with the ring before my legs got wet.  lol     Now that’s built in GPS with a side of RADAR.     It was sure my pleasure to tell Tim’s wife Happy anniversary as Tim held up the ring to show her.    I trust the rest of their stay in Michigan was a happy time.    Chuck Raison  TRF

wedding/engagement ring found on hwy 127

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

Aug 11th i received an email from Jennifer regarding her lost wedding ring which she lost out the window at 60 miles an hour the evening before.    Jennifer and husband Felix we’re able to narrow the search down to about a quarter mile.   After searching for about an hour and a half the couple drove off to get some bottled water.  As they drove past the search area Jennifer recognized the area past a guard rail 100 yds. past where we we’re searching.  She stated she saw the ring bounce off the pavement in one large hop and land into the high grass about 4 ft. off the from the road.    Felix also remembered backing up to the guard rail to try to find it on their own when the lose occurred.   Within minutes of searching the new area i picked up a tone that was crisp and clear.  I parted the grass after pinpointing the item and there it was looking up at me as if it was on display in a store show case.   When i produced the ring to Jennifer,  all the pent up emotions from the fear of never seeing the ring again came pouring out.    You could see the compounded hours of tension and stress just melt away.   Although Jennifer was a bit camera shy after the ordeal    she offered her hand with the ring on it for photographing.   I was very happy for them that i was able to return the ring.  It was my pleasure to meet such a wonderful couple and i won’t soon forget how they seem to compliment each other.    Chuck R   TRF

BASS LAKE GIVES UP NUMBER THREE.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

This is embarrassing.  On July 24th i answered a call from a young lady in Syracuse Ind.   While vacationing at big bass lake near Irons Mi.     Her husband lost his wedding band while tossing a football around on a sandbar out in the lake.    I headed out there the same day and detected the whole bar in four hrs. and no ring.    As i was about to give up for the day, figuring i would hit it again the next day.     I thought the only place i didn’t cover was the 6ft x 14 ft area under my boat.     I gave it a shove sideways and started to detect.   ” THERE IT WAS”  under the boat between anchors the whole time.     I was planning a week long trip to Adrian mi. then on to my daughters in Ind.    It turns out the couple lives about 30 miles from the town my daughter lives in.  Ring returned, and i was able to save them a couple hundred miles each way.   Now the embarrassing part.  My apologies to this young couple but i did not follow my own rule.  Say the persons name back to them when we meet so i will remember.    I can only tell you this,  they are a very nice couple and it was my pleasure to meet  and have a conversation with them.  It would please me to cross paths again some day.     Chuck   Raison  TRF

THE COUPLE THAT DOES EVERYTHING TOGETHER!!!

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

After receiving a voice mail this morning from Cristianna,  i drove to Pratt lk. near Gladwin mi.   The mission was to find her wedding band  “And His”  i couldn’t wait to hear the story.  Austin was in roughly five foot of water when he reached to catch a football.   at that moment his wedding band flew off his finger somewhere behind him. Not wanting to move from the spot he called for someone to bring him the goggles.    His plan was to go under and find the ring.   Cristianna suggested that he stay where he was and she would look for the ring.  Before going under water she told Austin to take her ring. (not wanting to lose it to )  Somewhere between taking it off and the hand off to Austin ” DRUM ROLE ”  That’s right,  her wedding band was now also at the bottom of the lake.   The search is on.    After maybe 20 minutes i scooped a nice tone.  There was Cristianna’s  band in the scoop.  One down and i started after the other.   This one was playing hard to get.    Austin told me he was out maybe fifteen feet farther than where i found the first ring.    Still i couldn’t find the ring.     Thinking the ring may have went farther out with the force of the reach for the football,   i went about fifteen feet past where Austin said he was standing.  Six inches of mud out there but fewer targets.  The first target i dug was an old shot shell.   The second target was the ring.   Now everyone is happy and able to finish the fourth of July weekend with the smiles you see in the pics.   Two terrific people.   I am so happy i was able to make there day.    Chuck TRF,   I love what i do!         Ps,   These rings we’re within 40 feet of where the ring was found in the post,  HIGH WATER DAVE  earlier this year.

3 YEARS IN ROSE LAKE, LEROY MI.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149
A COUPLE MONTHS AGO I RECEIVED A CALL FROM DAN IN NORTH CAROLINA.    THREE YRS. AGO HE LOST HIS PLADIUM WEDDING BAND WHILE PLAYING VOLLEY BALL IN ROSE LAKE.   TODAY 6/24/17  AT 10:30 AM THE SEARCH BEGAN.    FRED JOHNSON  (CALADONIA MI. RING FINDER )  AGREED TO DRIVE THE 100 MILES UP TO BALDWIN THEN RIDE ALONG TO ROSE LK. AND HELP ME SEARCH.   THE AREA WAS 70 FT.  WIDE AND OUT ABOUT THE SAME.   JUST AS WE WE’RE FINISHING THE AREA I SAW A SMILE ON FREDS”S FACE AND I KNEW.    I HELD THE RING UP ON MY LITTLE FINGER AND YELLED OUT,  HEY DAN !  HOW DOES IT LOOK ON ME.   THEY WE’RE HAVING A FAMILY AND FRIEND GET TOGETHER AND EVERYONE STOPPED IN MID CONVERSATIONS,  CLAPPED AND  YELLED CHEERS FOR RING FINDERS.   ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FOR ME AND A LARGE FEATHER IN FRED’S CAP.  THANKS FRED.  YOUR A GOOD FRIEND AND A GREAT RING FINDER.   WHEN DONE I ASKED DAN TO POSE FOR A PICTURE.  THAT’S WHEN I NOTICED MY PHONE WAS IN MY SWIM SUIT POCKET.  MOT SUCH A SMART PHONE AFTER ALL.  ” RIGHT ”      CHUCK RAISON  TRF    PS.  PICS APPEAR FAR AWAY.  HAD TO USE UNFAMILIAR PHONE CAMERA AS MINE IS KAPUT FOR NOW. LOL.

HIGH WATER DAVE DOES IT AGAIN.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149

HI ALL.     Last fall Jacob from the Detroit area called about his lost wedding band at Pratt lk. Gladwin co. mi. ( lost in July 2016)  The water being to cold we decided on a spring 2017 hunt.  Today May 9th i met with Dave Boyer a ring finder from Grand Rapids mi. and good friend and we headed to Pratt lake.   with the water being high this spring,   i new Dave being well over 6ft. tall was the man for the hunt.  One hour into the hunt i heard Dave shout something.  I turned to see him in upper chest deep water with a smile on hes face and the ring in his hand.  Without Dave i would have had to make a second trip with my hookah and dive for the ring.  A big thank you goes out to Dave Boyer from both Jacob and myself.   Another gold wedding band found and returned to it’s owner.  One more great day for the Ring Finders.  Chuck,  TRF

Wedding band lost in Big Bass lk.

from Baldwin (Michigan, United States)
Contact: 1-616-262-5149
A couple weeks ago Dan was going out in his kayac on Big Bass Lk. near Irons mi.    Just feet from the dock his ring slipped off and into the murky water.    He tried for a couple days to scoop the ring from the bottom with no success.    Thinking it was lost forever he turned to the internet and found   “THE RING FINDERS”   This led him to me.    We made plans to meet on Monday the 24th so i could look for the ring.  Dan said the ring was in 4 to 5 ft. water so no diving gear needed.    As he pointed out where he felt the ring had dropped in i entered the water.    Waist deep a penny.    Next hit was  52/53 on the the screen and sounded good.    Dan,  I think i have your ring.    I brought the scoop up and right on top of the scoop full of sand was his ring.    Dan’s eyes we’re wide with excitement.   As the sand filtered out of the scoop the ring dropped to the bottom of the scoop.    I kinda chuckled as he asked,  WHERE DID IT GO!!  LOL.  I handed him his ring and he said i thought i’d never see it again.    At the car i readied to take pictures and Dan was already sending one to his wife.    Dan’s a great guy and i’m happy i could make his day.    The smile tells the rest.       I love my job!     Chuck  TRF.20161024_13004120161024_130032                     20161024_130041