I was doing some detecting for fun and found a 1965 class ring from Central High School in Saint Paul, MN. It had the initials JSL inside the band, so I was hoping to find the owner.
I did some searching on the internet and Classmates.com is where I learned the owner’s full name. After searching for him by name on the internet, I was sad to see that he passed away last year. This news made me realize that it was very important that I find the next of kin. I knew that it would mean a lot to them.
The obituary listed several family members so I was able to contact both the man’s wife and one of her sons, who now live in Idaho. I learned from them that the owner of the ring enlisted to serve our country right after high school and then moved to Idaho, so he must have lost the ring shortly after high school.
I was thrilled to talk to Jeff’s wife and her son, Ty; and I mailed the ring to them immediately. Here is what Janet wrote to me:
“Reese, Ty and I want to thank you for returning Jeff’s class ring. Such a kind and wonderful thing you do. Jeff was very athletic through high school and college. He was your typical gym rat. Jeff earned his college degrees in Special Education. He was a teacher & administrator for 37 years. We have 2 sons – Ty and Brady. I am so grateful to have them in my life. Thank you so much for your time and research into the rings origin, it’s a reminder that there are great, kind people out there. – Janet Lang”
Below are some pictures that Janet and Ty sent to me. The first picture is of Janet and Ty. The other two are of the ring and Jeff’s actual 1965 Central High School year book and the ring next to Jeff’s high school yearbook picture.
It was very evident to me that Jeff was deeply loved, respected and missed.