After 63 years of marriage, couple dies 20 minutes apart in same room

(Courtesy De Lange Family/CNN)

PLATTE, SD (WCMH) — The story of Henry and Jeanette De Lange’s love and death might be one to rival Romeo and Juliet’s.

According to CNN, on July 31, the South Dakota couple died in the same room together, just 20 minutes apart from one another after more than six decades of marriage.

Jeanette, 87, died first at 5:10pm. Lee De Lange, one of their sons, says his brother then told his dad “Mom’s gone to heaven,” and that Henry, 86, who was battling prostate cancer, didn’t have to fight anymore. At 5:30pm, after opening his eyes one last time to see his wife, Henry also passed away.

“We’re calling it a beautiful act of God’s providential love and mercy,” Lee De Lange, one of their sons, told KSFY. “You don’t pray for it because it seems mean but you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.”

On Monday, a funeral was held for the couple who spent 63 years married on Earth, and will spend an eternity together in death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s