Passed away on August 27, 2019
DANE JEFFREY CLEMENS died peacefully in his sleep at home in Valley Ranch at 58 years old. Dane was born in Danville, Illinois on August 30, 1960 to his parents Glenda and Frank (deceased.) He was one of four boys which includes his brother Chris of Miami, Florida, Brian (deceased) of Danville and Joe of Macon, Missouri. He and his brothers grew up on large soybean and sweet corn farm in Danville. The many out buildings provided plenty of activity and the boys would make up games and play basketball in a second floor silo! There was lots of activity chasing chickens, flying on ropes, shooting hoops, chasing dogs, hiding in corn cribs, machine sheds and silo’s. Dane was responsible for burning down one barn with a badly aimed firework on a very hot day. This little incident was on the QT for years and the story was “spontaneous combustion” due to the heat that day. Dane was a great musician and could play by ear. His legacy includes 13 guitars and assorted amps that will be happily given to his nephews and niece. He loved all sports and kept 1310 am The Ticket Radio and the Golf Channel in business. He once scored 54 points gunning at basketball in high school. He was sweet, funny, witty and very giving. Kathleen and Dane met at a New Year’s Eve party and the rest is history. Married in 1998 and started together their dog loving home. Dane’s loving pets include Maggie and Isabella who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and greeted Dane as he starts his new journey. Sophia and Annie are left behind with their Mom and won’t be eating as many hot dogs and lunch meat that Dane fed them daily. He absolutely loved his dogs. Dane was a field Engineer at Unisys for over 6 years. He enjoyed this work and the team he worked with. He made some great friends on the job and out in the field serving Unisys customers. Before his Unisys career he studied and graduated from the Institute of Flight Information and Dispatch as a certified FAA Aircraft Dispatcher. He loved anything to do with aviation. Dane is survived by his wife Kathleen, 2 furry kids- Sophia and Annie, brothers Chris and Joe. His extended family includes in- laws Lori and Colin Carr, Kelly and Larry Hopper and Nancy and Mark Hollandsworth. He was the fun and loving Uncle to Lindsay, Landon, Colby, Wes, Brent, Sam, Ali, Angela, Amanda, John, Amanda, Ashlynn and Kinsey. He had a close circle of friends for many years and he really enjoyed many celebrations and golf with Stan and Barbara Higgason, Barb and Tracy Patton, Melinda and Jay Wester, Vicki and Steve Funk and Alex and Jim Meek. Great nieces and nephews are Caiden, Capri, Braxton, Fletcher, Callie and little Brooks. Dane’s Memorial Service will be on Wednesday, September 4th at 2:00 pm and friends and family can offer to speak during the Tributes to Dane during the service. Please contact Kathleen if you are interested in speaking. The world has lost a loving, sweet and witty man. We are all so fortunate to have been in his world.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019
September 3, 2019
Dane was one of a kind and I still feel absolute shock and sadness after hearing of his passing. He was such a fun guy to be around and really funny with a quick wit. He was also a natural athlete and a great guitar player. I play a red Gibson Les Paul that I bought from Dane a few years ago. Back in 1989 - Dane, Stan, Scott Cummins and I went on a road trip to New Orleans to celebrate my last few days as a single man. The details of that trip are a little fuzzy, but we had a hell of a good time and the last thing we did before leaving was drink hurricanes at noon on Sunday in the empty courtyard at Pat O'Brien's. Dane was a big part of making that trip special. He was such a great guy and I'm going to miss him. From Lisa and I, our warmest condolences go to Dane's wonderful wife, Kathleen, friends, and the rest of his family.