He lost his wedding band 60 years ago Hickory North Carolina.

  • from Greenville County (South Carolina, United States)

Received an email a couple weeks ago from Susan about her dad’s wedding band that he had lost in November of 1953 soon after marrying the love of his life. Susan went on to tell me that her dad was sowing grass seed in the front yard, and after going inside to take a shower he noticed the ring was missing. Susan’s dad is now in his mid-80s and has a great memory of what he did that day. Losing his ring weighed on his mind for all these years and he mentioned it again several months back. Susan’s parent’s wedding anniversary was yesterday, Oct 18, and she would have loved to give her dad his original wedding band back on his anniversary but several things stood in the way. First, she needed permission from the new owner of the house where her parents lived in ’53, and secondly, to find someone that would be willing to find the ring for her.  Where can you find someone like that? Susan said her son emailed her a story of a man that found an engagement ring for a lady that had lost her ring gardening  that was picked up by media and a story was run. Who was that man? Chris Turner is his name. He’s the original ring finder owner of THERINGFINDERS.COM a metal detecting service that is nation wide and is in 19 countries and based in BC Canada. Susan called Chris and he had her contact several members in the surrounding states in which she lived. I responded to her email and a date was set for the 18th for the search. I drove the 2 hours to Hickory North Carolina from Greenville South Carolina and met Susan for the search. I looked at some old photos that Susan brought for me to aid in my search. Susan and her parents had moved from the house in 1959 and in 1960 the city widened the road and took some of the front yard for the road. Although the house hasn’t changed, the landscape has, trees, bushes, roadway, and some loads of gravel in the driveway. I started my search and received many targets. I dug everything in the gold signal range. I spent around 4 1/2 hours in my search.  I searched with my Whites V3i metal detector but had no luck. Susan brought her dad out to give us more info on what was done and if he could aid in our search. I used his existing wedding band (exact copy of the original) to get the benchmark on what the signal would be and searched again, but no luck. I was very disappointed in not finding the ring. I can only hope I have a daughter like Susan that would do the same for me. As a ring finder you can only find what is there and I’m glad I can give some closure to Susan and her dad. I was honored to be asked to find this ring and wished for a happier outcome. Even though we didn’t find this ring it still is an incredible love story between a daughter and her dad and having no regrets and peace of mind.

Thanks Susan for the chance to be part of this story.

jason member of the ring finders

2 Replies to “He lost his wedding band 60 years ago Hickory North Carolina.”

  1. Susan says:

    Jason, what a beautiful blog entry! I read this to Dad, and it brought both of us to tears. We framed this and put it out at their 60th Anniversary Celebration along with their wedding album and the wedding announcement from the newspaper in 1953.
    People have loved hearing the story as much as I loved sharing it. Of course, we did wish for a different outcome, and I knew it was a long shot. But I HAD to try. I couldn’t imagine losing my Dad and wishing I would have at least tried to find his ring.
    He was so funny driving him over to the house that day. As we approached the house, he guessed where I was taking him. He asked why, and I told him we were going to find his wedding band lost in 1953. He went on to say we couldn’t do that; we needed a metal detector, tools, and permission. I didn’t say a word as I drove up until I introduced him to you. He enjoyed just walking around the home as he recalled various neighbors’ names. He pointed out where a two story home had been, the trees he planted in the backyard and where he got them from. I didn’t realize the home had a basement, and he told me about digging it out by hand, hauling the dirt up in a wheelbarrow. I offered twice to take him home so he wouldn’t overtire. He didn’t want to leave until we called it a day. Mom said she knew how much it meant to him the minute she saw his face.
    Thank you so much for your search. Just trying to find the ring meant the world to me and to my Dad. It was a pleasure working with you.

  2. Karissa Henson says:

    I am a friend of Susan, and I had my fingers crossed for the finding of the ring. Even though the ring was not recovered, it is a happy ending to a great story:) For you see, as the saying goes; it’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. I am sure that Susan’s dad (and mom)are so happy with just the thought that Susan put into her gift for him (them). And like Susan said, her dad enjoyed walking around the old home place and reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”. That would be a treasure right there.
    and on a different note, to Susan’s parents, Richard and Becky; congratulations on 60 years of marriage. What a blessing and testimony of true love:) best wishes to you both!

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