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Wedding ring found after missing for 40 years

Posted at 11:05 AM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 12:05:41-04

TULSA – For forty years, one couple thought they lost a wedding ring inscribed with their anniversary date until a complete stranger found it in one of the most unlikely places.

For the longest time, Jim Flynn believed he would only have pictures to remember the day he married his wife, Jane.

Their wedding bands were specially crafted for the couple, with the date of their nuptials inscribed on the inside.
“A lot of decision went into it,” Jane Flynn said. “They're only for us.”

Now, Jane still wears the custom gold ring that Jim slipped on her finger 55 years ago, but Jim is without his.

In the 1970s, Jim lost his ring in the water near his vacation home on Lake George in New York. Many decades and memories later, their New York neighbor made a discovery snorkeling in the lake.

“She thought it was a beer bottle or something like that,” Jim Flynn said.

She looked closer and realized it was something else: A ring with an inscription inside.

Their neighbor tried using Facebook to find the owners but had no luck. Then, one day she happened upon the Flynn’s daughter.

“One day, very soon after that, she said to our daughter who was on our dock, 'did your mom and dad lose a wedding ring?'"

And sure enough, the newly found ring had Jim and Jane's wedding date, 2-6-60. So, their daughter showed it to Jane.

“I thought I'd never see it again, and how special it is to have that one back.”

On Labor Day weekend, Jim was reunited with his ring.

“It brought much joy, not only to our family, but to our neighbors and all the people that heard that crazy story about me losing a ring.”

Now, he's putting it in a special place so he never loses it again.

“Under my pillow every night.”

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