Lost ring returned 32 years later

Not long after graduating from Blaine High School back in the spring of 1980, Odean Hoss lost his class ring.

Odean Hoss, Blaine High School class of 1980, ponders the turn of events that resulted in the discovery and return of his class ring, lost for 32 years; returned last month. Photo by Sue Austreng

Odean Hoss, Blaine High School class of 1980, ponders the turn of events that resulted in the discovery and return of his class ring, lost for 32 years; returned last month. Photo by Sue Austreng

That ring was more than just a piece of jewelry. It was a prize, a trophy, a daily reminder that he was the first member of his family (on his dad’s side) to graduate from high school.

“My parents were proud of me and they made sure I got a class ring to show me how much it meant to them that I graduated,” said Hoss, a resident of Coon Rapids.

When the ring turned up missing, Hoss was devastated and thought he’d never see it again.

But 32 years later, after finding the ring, a “good Samaritan” made sure the ring got back to its rightful owner.

“I received my high school class ring in the mail from a good Samaritan. I can’t believe after 32 years, I have it back,” Hoss said last week, turning the ring on his finger and admiring the crested blue stone, the Bengal logo, the engraved year 1980 framing the stone.

“And look what good shape it’s still in. That’s pretty amazing,” Hoss said.

According to Hoss, out of the blue, he got a Facebook message from a man who said his dad had found a class ring hanging from the shift lever in an old broken down car in a junk yard.

The ring was a Blaine High School class ring with “Odean Hoss” engraved on the inside.

The finder and his family, who live near Cambridge, spent two years trying to track down this “Odean Hoss,” calling Blaine High School to try to get contact information – that request was denied – searching the Internet for someone named Odean Hoss, then discovering Hoss’ Facebook page and finally contacting him via that social networking site.

Sure enough, the found ring did belong to Hoss, and the finders eventually mailed it to him, much to his great delight.

“I don’t believe it, but I got it today. I honestly can’t believe it… This is so amazing,” Hoss wrote to the finders on his Facebook page.

Hoss and the ring-finding family have never met in person or even spoken on the phone, but Hoss is so grateful for their diligence and discovery that he sent them a gift card as an expression of his gratitude.

“I just think this is totally amazing, and I’m so glad to have my ring back… I never thought I’d see this ring again,” Hoss said.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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