Missing Wedding Ring for Grieving Widow has People Coming Together to Help

Missing Wedding Ring for Grieving Widow has People Coming Together to Help

Few things are harder than losing a spouse. Losing the symbol of that love would, for me, be the straw that broke my back. Rhonda Thill has a hard time with the circumstances surrounding the story, but it does have a happy ending:


It isn’t easy for Rhonda Thill to tell this story. It starts with her husband of 18 years, Randy Thill, killed one night last month in a motorcycle crash.

But it’s the story’s ending Rhonda wants you to hear.

“It means a lot,” she said.

In the days following Randy’s death — when Rhonda received the personal belongings Randy had with him that night on Highway 61 — she realized his wedding ring was missing.

She knew he was wearing it.

“I figured it had to be somewhere. Maybe the force of the impact – it came off or whatever,” she said.

And she desperately wanted it back.

“I didn’t want it to be just left out there,” Rhonda said.

She told a close friend, an avid biker — who told another friend, who told a dozen other bikers.

“A couple of those guys I’ve never even met,” Rhonda said.

And before she knew it, they were all at the crash scene on their hands and knees.

The grass in the median is waist high. But the men weren’t out there 45 minutes when one of them spotted a glint of gold, wedged in the dirt.

The men showed up at Rhonda’s door — holding up the ring just like on this photo.

“It was probably the first time since Randy’s death I had an actual smile on my face, after I stopped crying, because I was so happy about it,” Rhonda said.

The ring doesn’t bring Randy back. But it brings back a feeling of him.

“It just kind of feels like I’ve got a piece of us back together,” she said.

She feels a little less alone. And an even bigger believer in the power of kindness.


This will hopefully help Rhonda heal through one of the most painful things she will likely experience in her life. The kindness of others is truly a healing factor when there is this much pain. May you find your peace, Rhonda, and cherish your beloved ring always.

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]


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