Man gets back class ring 40 years after losing it

Mike Krumboltz

A man who lost his class ring 40 years ago found it again thanks, in part, to Facebook. reports that Richard Hale lost his prized ring in 1972, when he was a recent high school graduate. Hale initially gave the ring to his then-girlfriend and now-wife Betty Ann to wear. "I was scared I was going to lose it," she told "So I gave it back to him, and he loses it."

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Hale said he accidentally tossed the ring from his car in 1972 and hadn't seen it since. Until now. His brother apparently saw the ring on Facebook and passed on the information to Hale.

Ellen Ramey had found it all those years ago. She told that she had always hoped to get the ring back to its owner. "My mother had a class ring," Ramey said. "I wore it to school and lost it, and it just stayed in my mind that it was important that these people get their ring back."

Ramey and Hale connected on Facebook, and now the ring is back with Hale, who puts it on at night when he gets home from work.