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
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
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
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
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.
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
On 9/20/2016 i received an email from Veronica who on labor day weekend lost her wedding ring while portaging around the weir in the Platte river near Honor mi. As her husband Larry was getting back into the canoe it went over. Poor innocent Veronica said her arms we’re flailing when trying to grasp anything and only finding air then water. Good one Larry. (lol) Noticing the ring missing about a mile or so down river they paddled hard back to the weir to look, with no luck. Again the next day they drove to the weir to resume the search, and again no luck. On the 22nd i drove to the Platte river hatchery and acquired permission from the DNR manager there to search the weir with my detector. Thinking she lost the ring as they we’re going over, Veronica’s thoughts we’re that it had flown into the high grass on the bank. The fact that they went over in the water prompted me to search there first. About 15 minutes into the hunt i hit a solid 60 on my ATpro and there it was. Roughly 3 inches under the sand and gravel where i believe her hand drove into the bottom releasing the ring as she pulled her hand back. We met today at a small cafe where Veronica was reunited with the thing dreams are made of, her ring. The best part of this story is that my wife and i met two wonderful people that we never would have met if not for The Ring Finders. I LOVE MY JOB !! Chuck TRF
AFTER RECEIVING A CALL FROM GREG LARABEL (RING FINDER MEMBER) I HEADED TO BIG STAR LAKE NEAR BALDWIN MI. THERE I MET WITH DON AND LYNN, THE PARENTS OF THE YOUNG MAN WHO LOST HIS PLATNUM WEDDING BAND IN THE LAKE. AFTER TWO PLUS HRS. OF HUNTING THERE IT WAS. THE NUMBERS 53 / 54 WE’RE MIXED IN WITH OTHER NUMBERS FROM VARIOUS PIECES OF METAL BUT CONSISTENT ENOUGH TO DIG. THE RING HAD FLEW ABOUT TEN FEET FROM WHERE IT LEFT THE FINGER. I THINK LYNN KNEW WHEN I FOUND IT BY THE SMILE ON MY FACE AS SHE CAME OUT ON THE DECK BEFORE I EVEN LEFT THE WATER. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO MEET BOTH DON AND LYNN, TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY EASY TO LIKE. BEFORE I LEFT I WAS INVITED TO A PIG ROAST COMING UP. I HOPE I CAN MAKE IT. MY MOUTH IS WATERING WITH ANTICIPATION. I LOVE MY JOB !!!!!