Oregon couple reunited with wedding ring lost 46 years ago

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A wedding ring lost 46-years ago has found its way back to a couple in Portland, Oregon, and they can thank a construction crew for getting it back. (WLS)

A wedding ring lost 46 years ago has found its way back to a couple in Portland, Oregon, and they can thank a construction crew for getting it back.

Dean and Jan Anderson have seen a lot in their 50 years as husband and wife, but they never thought they'd see Dean's lost wedding ring again

It had been missing since 1971, when they went to a friend's for a backyard barbecue and touch football game.

"The ring was kinda loose on my hand, always," he said. "And I went up to catch a football, and it flew off my hand into the grass. And we looked for it, looked for it, and looked for it. Never could find it."

They eventually gave up and figured the ring was lost forever.

"For years, I didn't wear any ring at all," he said. "She knew I was hers. I didn't need a mark."

But after all these years, a matrimonial miracle took place at Hazeldale Park. A construction crew recently found the ring while digging up a sidewalk, originally built in 1982, reports KPTV.

"It was encapsulated underneath the asphalt for all these years," said Jerry Burgess, of Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation.

Last week, Tualatin Parks and Rec spread the word with a blog post, and thanks to some engraved initials and an engraved wedding date, the ring found its way home, to the amazement of the Andersons.

"We had just forgotten all about it, and I had asked our children 'do you remember us telling you that dad had lost his ring?'" Jan said. "And, no, they didn't remember the story at all. So they think it's so exciting."

Still, a lot of questions remain.

"I don't know how it got to a park," Dean said. "Maybe somebody else had the pleasure of wearing it for a while."

The Andersons are content, knowing the ring is finally where it belongs.

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