He grew up on a farm in Clarksfield, attended the Clarksfield United Methodist Church and graduated from Western Reserve High School. He worked for Ford Motor Company in the Lorain plant until moving to Kentucky, where he worked until his retirement from Ford.
Dane is survived by his best friend and wife of 35 years, Linda Boyer Sheldon; daughter, Alicia (Bob, Jr.) Coots of Taylorsville, Kentucky; and sons, Kyle (Julie) Sheldon and Steven Sheldon, both of Louisville, Kentucky. He was an adoring grandfather of Reid and Ellie (born May 1, 2013) Coots and Max Sheldon. Dane is survived by his mother, Hazel Sheldon; sister, Karen Zarzour of Strongsville; and brother, Duane (Reene) Sheldon of North Ridgeville. He was a proud uncle of Dr. Kristyn Sheldon Miller, Duane Sheldon, Jr., Adam Zarzour and Britney Zarzour Clarke; great uncle to Justin and Kyle Miller, Jacy, Ajay and Emmy Sheldon, Landon and Delaney Clarke; and son-in-law of Barbara Boyer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Sheldon; grandparents, Thomas and Gladys Sheldon and Clay and Marie Puder; and father-in-law, Bob Boyer.