South Dakota couple dies 20 minutes apart

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Friends and family are remembering a South Dakota couple who passed away just 20 minutes apart. (WPVI)

Friends and family are remembering a South Dakota couple who passed away just 20 minutes apart.

Henry and Jeanette De Lange were married for 63 years.

He was a Korean War Veteran, and she was a musician and loving mother to their five children.

But last Sunday, 87-year-old Jeannette died after battling Alzheimer's disease.

Twenty minutes later, 86-year-old Henry who was in the same room, lost his battle to prostate cancer.

"It's one of those things that you don't pray for because it almost seems mean, but you couldn't ask for anything more beautiful," said Lee De Lange, son.

The couple's children say the clock on the wall in the room stopped at the exact moment their father passed.

They say they can't explain it, but it brings them comfort.
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