Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’ve got one of the most heartwarming romantic stories of the year. For 45 years, Ray Schmuecker believed he lost his original wedding ring for good. After all, four-and-a-half decades is a long time for something to turn back up. But then, the ring popped up in the most unlikely place. Life works in mysterious ways…read on to discover this incredible story!
The Lost Wedding Ring
Ray Schmuecker can’t recall if he lost his wedding ring in 1973 or 1974. He just believed he would never find it again. In an interview with ABC affiliate KCRG of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Schmuecker said, “I had never dreamed of ever seeing that ring again. [My wife] was kind of broken about me losing it.”
Schmuecker said his wife went back to the jewelry store and bought an identical ring, embedded with the same diamonds after he lost the original. Unfortunately, Schmuecker’s wife, Virgene, passed away recently after a battle with breast cancer.
However, thankfully, after 45 years, a real miracle occurred…
“It Was A Ring!”
How did Mr. Schmuecker end up finding the lost wedding ring? Well, that’s a story by itself, too. A few months ago, Schmuecker wanted to sell his 1972 Oldsmobile for scrap metal. It did nothing but sit around now, after decades of driving. After Schmuecker put up the ad, a car-lover named Will Fyre contacted Schmuecker to buy the ’72’s motor for Fyre’s own broken down Oldsmobile.
Fyre bought the car at the tail end of 2018. Three weeks later, at the beginning of January 2019, Schmuecker received a phone call he never expected would come.
Fyre said, “I was kind of chipping away at it, I had blew it all off with the air hose, and I could hear, you know, nuts and bolts and stuff hitting the ground, but it was just one big grease ball on the floor. It kind of looked like a donut hole, but it had a little shine to it, and I picked it up just to see what it was, and here I got chipping through it – it was a ring.”
“Everything Was Gonna Be Okay”
Fyre returned the ring, leaving Schmuecker absolutely ecstatic. He simply couldn’t believe it. In an interview, he said he had no idea how the ring ended up inside the car’s motor. It might’ve slipped as he was working on it.
Like her father, Schmuecker’s daughter, Ann Cabana, also feels incredibly grateful that Fyre returned the ring to her father. She told KCRG, “I really treasured [the return of the ring]. I just found out that I had breast cancer, and I lost my mom to breast cancer, and my sister told me that it’s a sign that everything was gonna be okay.”
Now Schmuecker has two rings – one his late wife bought for him after he lost the original one. The other is the original, which also brings back memories of sweet and loving Virgene, his wife. Above all, Schmuecker and the rest of the family feel overjoyed at the ring’s return.