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By Max Erikson
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A lost gold ring becomes an instrument of 'divine intervention'

 

February 28, 2018

Max Erikson

IT ONCE WAS LOST AND NOW IT'S FOUND: Jackie Ladewig lost a priceless heirloom ring. Gary Anderson, out working with his metal detector, found it. The ring was returned to its owner last week at The Sentinel office. Ladewig calls its discovery miraculous.

For Goldendale resident Jackie Ladewig, it was more than luck that she was reunited with her lost gold ring and family heirloom. It was divine intervention.

Considering how she got her ring back, it would be hard to argue that interpretation.

In October 2016, a young family member of Ladewig's had the ring while playing football at World War II Park in Goldendale when it went missing. It was an unfortunate day for the family because of the sentimental value associated with the ring, but Ladewig knew that if it was meant to be found, it would.

The stars where aligning after Ladewig's normal weekly routine was altered by a commitment to play piano for wedding on a Tuesday, her normal shopping day at The Dalles. That trip came on Thursday instead and set into motion the course that led her back to her ring.

"It was amazing how everything fell into place and how I got the ring back," Ladewig says. "I really believe that a higher power was involved."

Two weeks ago while in The Dalles, Ladewig was afraid she left her garage door open and called her son several times to see if he could check. The phone connection was so bad that she couldn't talk to him. When she returned from The Dalles, she called her son on her landline, and the connection was still distorted. Ladewig became concerned so she decided to walk over to her son's house, and that is when she had a chance encounter with Gary Anderson.

Anderson, who is a metal detectorist, was spending the day with a friend searching Ladewig's son's property on East Main, looking for lost treasures. (A metal detectorist is a person who uses a metal detector to find metal objects buried in the ground.)

"I went to my son's house, and there were two guys with metal detectors," Ladewig says. "I started to talk with Gary and asked what types of things he has found. After some chitchat, I started walking home, and the idea hit me to go back and ask him if he has ever swept World War II Park and if he has ever found any rings."

Anderson just happens to provide a ring finding service. He told Ladewig that he had found many rings during his explorations, including some at that park.

"When I described the ring to Gary, his face just dropped," Ladewig says. "When I told him it was a Black Hills gold ring with an inscription inside, he said he had a ring just like that sitting on his coffee table."

Anderson took up his new hobby of metal detectorist only recently and says he found the ring last summer while searching World War II Park.

"When she described the ring to me, I knew I had exactly what she was telling me," Anderson says. "I keep the more valuable stuff I find in a cup that sits on my coffee table, so I knew right where to find it."

Ladewig says she offered to buy the ring back from Anderson, but he says that he couldn't sell it to her.

"I didn't want to sell it to her because it is her ring," Anderson says. "I just told her that I would give it back to her when we could meet the next time."

That exchange took place last week in the offices of The Sentinel, and to show her appreciation, Ladewig presented Anderson a small gift.

"It was very important to me not just to find the ring," Ladewig states, "but how it happened, I felt like God was orchestrating the whole thing as a way to show that He is still working in our lives."

 

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