Wedding ring lost in bowling alley found 8 years later

Madison couple reunited with missing wedding ring
Wedding ring lost in bowling alley found 8 years later

A lost wedding ring was found underneath the gutters of Verona’s old Wildcat Lanes by a volunteer cleaning up what is now the Sugar River United Methodist Church.

The ring belonged to Justin Blair and had been missing for eight years.

One night with his bowling league Blair threw his first ball; at the same time, he felt his ring go off.

His wife Becky got an unexpected phone call.

“He called me from bowling league and said he was going to be late coming home because he had lost his wedding ring off his finger,” Becky remembered.

Justin called on dozens of other bowlers to help with the search, but by the end of the night they came up with nothing.

“I was upset,” said Becky.

The couple returned the next day to search, but found nothing.

Over the course of the next eight years, the pair stayed in touch with the bowling alley.

Justin checked pawn shops across Dane County. At one stop in Monona, a worker at a pawn shop told him chances were the ring was found, melted and sold because the price of gold was high at the time.

“At the point I figured it was gone,” said Justin.

At one point, Becky and Justin were on their way to a tattoo parlor to get an inked version of the ring. Justin opted for a cheap replacement ring.

Then in 2014 Becky heard a church would replace the old Wildcat Lanes. Figuring the lanes would be torn up, she asked the church for help.

The Blairs knew it was a shot in the dark, but months later they heard the news they had been hoping for.

“Her phone beeped, she had just gotten an email and she just started laughing. She said, “I’ll be danged they found that ring,” recalled Justin.

When they arrived at the church to pick up the ring, parishioners were thrilled and began taking pictures of the couple.

“I was surprised how clean it was when I saw it in person. It had just been sitting there doing nothing,” Justin said.

The Blairs had the ring re-sized immediately, and since then it has not left Justin’s finger.

Since the ring first went missing, the Blair’s had a son, James, and are now expecting their second child. 

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