Gary was the founder of the Rat Poison Pulling Team which ran with supercharged Allison V1710 V12 aircraft engines in different mod classes. Gary, together with his son Brian competed with his Rat Poison on NTPA GN, State level, NTPA regional and on the ATPA circuits in the past. One of his highlights in his career was maybe when he was invited with his team and his tractor to the pull in Füchtorf, Germany in 2001. The tractor was shipped with the support of Claas Caterpillar Europe in a container across the pond to Europe at that time. This journey across the pond was a successful experience for him with a victory in the 3.5t / 7700lbs modified class over the Allison powered tractor called ''Challenger'' (Chassis was built by the Brian Diekman) of the Green Monster Pulling Team from Füchtorf
Around 2008, Gary decided to stop driving the Rat Poison and handed also his last driver duties over to his son Brian. But after Gary stopped as a driver, he was still as helping hand and mechanic on the pulls for his son there.
The competitors, organizers and the fans of the pulling sport will definitely sorely miss him in the future. Gary will always in the mind of the people and will never be forgotten.
The article from website of the NTPA:
The WPI/NTPA office was recently notified of the passing on Tuesday, May 26 of Gary Diekman, 72, of Northwood, Ohio. Mr. Diekman most famously competed with various Allison-powered iterations of the "Rat Poison" Modified on Grand and Regional National and state circuits. He was also the father of Modified competitor Brian Diekman.
Following his graduation from Lake High School in northwestern Ohio, Mr. Diekman served in the Army National Guard. He was the proprietor of Gary’s Eastside Automotive until his retirement in 2016.
In addition to Brian, Mr. Diekman is survived by Judy, his loving wife of 51 years, grandchildren Dakota and Brittney, and his siblings Linda Wamer, William (Margaret), and Deborah Davis. His full obituary may be found here: https://www.freckchapel.com/obituary/Gary-Diekman
Our deepest sympathies rest with Mr. Diekman's wife Judy, Brian, and their entire family.