An elderly Sioux Falls couple died together Saturday, side by side, of separate illnesses.
Diana Kraft and her husband, Kent, had been married for about 43 years, both born on the same day: Sept. 2, 1941. Diana Kraft had battled Lou Gehrigâ€™s Disease, and Kent had a brief illness.
Police spokesman Loren McManus said the deaths of the Krafts were not suspicious or criminal. He said Kent Kraft had a heart condition.
It was a unique situation, reminiscent of the movie â€œThe Notebook,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s kind of like that. Theyâ€™ve been together forever and she was very, very sick and she died,â€ McManus said. â€œWhatever effect that had on him, that was it.â€
Joel Vipond, funeral director at Miller Funeral Home, said he has never experienced this in his 30 years of funeral service – in which a couple are born and died on the same day.
â€œIt is about as unusual as it gets,â€ he said. â€œTo have a couple die in the home of totally unrelated causes is rare.
â€œItâ€™s tough enough to lose one (parent), but itâ€™s doubly devastating to lose them both.â€
The couple met in Mitchell while Kent Kraft was a Dakota Wesleyan University student and Diana Schroder was working at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital as a nurse.
The Krafts have two children, Deborah of Sioux Falls and Calvin of Rock Rapids, Iowa, and a grandson, Andrew, of Sioux Falls.