Michigan Man Clarence Van Dyken Reunited With Lost Wallet 54 Years Later (VIDEO)

07/11/2013 06:06 pm ET | Updated Jul 12, 2013

Earlier this week, a Michigan man was reunited with a piece of his past, one he thought had been lost for good.

Clarence Van Dyken of Jenison, Mich., misplaced a genuine leather wallet back in 1959, according to Fox. Aron Schut, the new tenant of Van Dyken's former home, was in the process of renovating a bathroom when he discovered the wallet by the bath tub -- forgotten but still intact after more than 50 years.

"I thought, what a strange place for a wallet and opened it up and there was an I.D. in it," Schut told Fox. "I recognized the name, it sounded familiar. I know his son."

A few phone calls later, the wallet made its way to Van Dyken's son, Clare, who reunited his father with the worn gem -- and several precious memories -- last Tuesday. Fox reports that the wallet contained 54-year-old receipts, addresses of old neighbors and relatives, and a few irreplaceable family photos.

“I never thought I would see that beaut again,” Van Dyken told Fox during the reunion, which you can watch in the video above.

In April, a British man was reunited with a wallet he lost at a gym 35 years ago. The same month, a stolen wallet was returned to a South Carolina woman 23 years after the crime.

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