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With This Ring (Part I)

Lumberjack Nick Buchanan amazingly finds and returns a lost wedding ring of Joyce Wharton’s parents, who died in a plane crash 55 years ago.



Joyce Wharton wearing the five-stone diamond ring belonging to her mother, Hazel Wharton, who died in a plane crash in 1959.

Welcome to part one of TGNR‘s two part series about a lost wedding ring, miraculously found and, most import returned to their rightful owners or the owners family. Without further ado, meet Joyce Wharton and Nick Buchanan.

A Lost Wedding Ring & It’s Long Journey Home

This first story is a reunion that spanned over 50 years. In 1959, Joyce Wharton was a young married woman when both of her parents, Hazel and Hugh died in four-seat airplane crash while traveling from Oregon to Washington state.

Their wedding rings, for all intents and purposes, were thought forever lost. 

The crash site, located in deep woods, would not be found for thirteen years. So, when Joyce was contacted this year by lumberjack Nick Buchanan stating he had found her mother’s five-stone wedding ring, she was astonished.

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Buchanan found the ring in 1997, but it took until now for him to locate the Hazel’s daughter, Joyce. Once Mr. Buchanan confirmed that Joyce was the daughter of the ring’s former owner, he FedEx’ed the ring to Ms. Wharton’s home in New Jersey.

In Mr. Buchanan’s own words:

“I never once though it belonged to me. I just was hoping there was a daughter or a family member I could turn it over to.”NY Daily News

Write to Kristen E. Strubberg at

Sources: NY Daily News, Q13FOX, and NJ.COM.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.