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Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A Fergus Falls man finally has a shiny-like-new class ring back on his finger. It has taken awhile.2 / 2

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A Fergus Falls man finally has a shiny-like-new class ring back on his finger. 

It has taken awhile.

The class ring from Perham, Minnesota is in such good shape, the initials were visible. So was the Perham Yellow jacket symbol.

“Yeah, yeah, you can see the initials.”

Burke Schultz can still remember where he was, and when he lost that class ring.

He was in the Army. Fort Benning, Georgia, 1953.

“Suppose I mislaid it and put it in my pocket.”

Burke never found that ring. And for years, he never gave it a thought. Today, he is 83 years old. And a recent phone call surprised the heck out of him.

Burke: “I got a call from Perham High school and she said when did you graduate, I said 1948, and she said we just got a call from Georgia, and we think they have your ring.”

Burke graduated from Perham, High School in 1948.  A man in Columbus, Georgia, OB Whitewhead, found the ring more than 60 years ago, and kept it in a box. After he died, his Georgia relatives looked closely at the ring saw the town Perham and Burke's initials on the ring. A couple of phone calls,

Burke Schultz/Class Ring Returned: “She said, I guess it is yours, we will send it up to you. She was thrilled; it bothered her awhile as to whose it was.”

And the ring was Fed Ex to Burke in Fergus Falls.

It still shines, hardly worn. There's the yellow jacket and the name Perham. 

“People, hey, you got the ring.”

It sure is the talk of the town in Fergus Falls.

Everyone wants to see it.

Burke: “Taken a life of its own. 

The ring once lost, now back with the soldier.

“I can't get it off. “

Who won't let it go this time.

The Georgia family says the ring was passed on to relatives after the death of O.B. Whitehead, who found the ring initially.

They used the internet to find  Perham High School, and the ball got rolling from there. 

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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