Couple Married 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart
'You couldn't ask for anything more beautiful'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2016 9:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Henry and Jeanette De Lange lived together as husband and wife for 63 years, so perhaps it's only fitting that they died together, too. The married couple from Platte, South Dakota, were in the same room in a nursing home on July 31 when Jeanette, 87, suffering from Alzheimer's, died peacefully at 5:10pm, reports CNN. At that point, family members told her 86-year-old husband, who was battling prostate cancer next to her, that he could follow his wife.

He "looked very intently over where mom was," then closed his eyes, his son, Lee, tells KSFY. Henry died 20 minutes after Jeanette and while "you don't pray for it because it seems mean ... you couldn't ask for anything more beautiful," Lee says. But if that wasn't enough, he also received "a sign from God that was the right time." Lee says a battery-operated clock on the wall just happened to stop at the exact moment his dad passed away. (This couple died holding hands.)