Local businessman dies after Monday car crash

Dean Pence

A car crash on Ox Road in Edinburg on Monday resulted in the death of a well-known local business owner.

At 2:35 p.m., Dean Pence, 77, of Edinburg, was traveling north on South Ox Road when his 2014 Ford F150 veered off the road into the southbound lane and struck the bridge near the intersection of Ox and Stoney Creek Road, Trooper Sgt. Craig Cline of the Virginia State Police said.

Cline said when Pence hit the bridge, he then struck a 1996 Dodge Dakota driven by Darrel Bates, 65, of Maurertown. Bates tried to veer into the northbound lane to avoid a head-on collision and Pence’s truck struck the Dakota’s passenger side, Cline said.

Pence’s truck went through the intersection, up an embankment and through a wire fence, where it came to rest. Cline said it is unknown why Pence veered into the left lane and there was no indication he tried to slow down after hitting the bridge.

Pence was transported to Winchester Medical Center, where he died. Winchester Medical Center declined to provide information on what time and day Pence died.

Pence is known in Shenandoah County as the owner of Wholesome Foods, a meat distribution company, which he founded in 1964. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, Wholesome Foods is a diversified company, producing bottled water, bio diesel and Nonx fuel emulsion systems.

Cline said at this time, he believes neither alcohol nor speeding were involved in the crash.

“It’s sad … it’s rough,” Cline said. “The Pences are well known, everyone knows them, including my family.”

Trooper Cline investigated the scene. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office helped secure the scene, along with assistance from Edinburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com