Longtime Shenandoah County Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese died in a vehicle crash on Saturday morning.
Neese, 71, of New Market, served as the chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Voters elected Neese to his first term in 2002 to represent District 1 on the board. The district covers much of the southern part of the county, including the town of New Market.
Virginia State Police reported that the single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 4:50 a.m. Saturday at the 274 mile-marker on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County. Police reported that a 2020 Ford Transit cargo van traveling south on I-81 ran off the road to the left and hit a tree.
Neese, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene as a result of his injuries, according to a police news release. A medical emergency may have played a role in the crash, the release states. The incident remains under investigation.
Neese, a U.S. Army veteran, graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and Triplett Tech Trade School. He had been semi-retired after working in various positions within the food-production industry.
Neese was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in New Market and of several civic organizations. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Helen Neese and is survived by two adult sons.
Neese’s current term on the Board of Supervisors was set to expire in December 2021. He served as a chairman, vice chairman and as a representative of the board on various committees.