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Gary Diebolt

Gary R Diebolt lost his 10-year fight with cancer on Nov. 14, 2009. His last year was the worst but he continued with his work in town and at home anyway as he had jobs to finish. He was never one to leave anything undone so he left orders and notes for things to be done should he not finish them.
He was 65 years old, born in Kansas on a farm to Pauline and Carl Diebolt who precede him in death. He worked the farm with his dad and brothers until high school when they moved into town. His first vehicle was a tractor for his 12th birthday and then an old Ford on his 14th. He had an obsession for race cars and custom rods as he had both through the years starting as that teenager until the present. He orchestrated his first custom car show at the age of 17. His car was a black 1957 Ford called “The Undertaker.”
He graduated from high school in Iola, Kan., and received an associate’s degree in art from Allen County Junior College. He was a cheerleader throughout high school and junior college. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and was headed to officer’s training but due to a back problem received a medical discharge. He then continued his education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., where he completed his bachelor’s degree in automotive technology.
Following graduation, he worked for Allis Chalmers as a trouble shooter, traveling all over the U.S. then transferred to Seattle, Wash., and after a year took a position to work the Northwest territory for Subaru National, traveling to dealerships from Wyoming to Alaska for 25 years representing the company.
In 1975 Gary married Sue Wehmeyer and had a son, Travis Jon Diebolt. They divorced in 1981. She preceded him in death in 1986.
Gary loved SCCA racing and was on their board for years and moved on to rally racing. He was active with RASC from 1975, working as control crew to pace car to Nor'wester chair, and a regular on Alcan 5000 staff from 1985 helping with course surveys, always going on the winter trek from Bellevue to the Artic. Gary also raced in the Golden West 2000 and Rally International de las 24 Horas around 1980, and many SCCA and CASC events in a Dodge Colt he helped build, and Gary crewed PRO rallies for Victory Driving Products, Safety Devices (UK teams at Reno), drove around the country for Hanson Motors VW International Pro Rally Team. In 1984, he drove the layout for the One Lap of America for Brock Yates. The last race he was in was in February of 2008, when they drove to the Arctic Circle and back. They drove on the frozen river to the Artic Ocean to an island, taking the same road/frozen river as the ice truckers.
In 1982, he attended his 20-year class reunion where he found his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Perez Wille and they married in 1983 in Miami, Okla. She and her three boys moved to the Northwest to Tacoma, Wash., to make their home with him. He raised all the boys as his own.
He worked in the Seattle area after being hired to help build up two failing dealerships, taking them from bankruptcy to being paid for and a success in less than two years each. After retiring from the auto industry, he and his wife started antique businesses and later nostalgia shops in Olympia, Wash.
In 1997, they moved their home and business to Seaside, Ore. Gary and his wife built several businesses, Flashback (1997-2000), Windsor Hollow (1999-2001), Flashback Malt Shoppe (2000 and sold in 2008), The Jewelry Box, The Man Store, and three major events, Muscle Beach Cruz, Wheels & Waves and BikeFest at Seaside.
Gary was on the Seaside City Council for the last three years and on the Seaside Downtown Development Association board for six years prior to that. He was very active serving on many committees, bringing television and magazine crews to town to the events, promoting Seaside from the time he moved here. He loved Seaside.
He leaves his wife, Marjorie, and four sons, Travis Diebolt and Sarah McBride, Astoria, Ore., Shawn Wille and his wife, Michelle, Juneau, Alaska, Mark Wille and Suzy Poe, Seaside, Timothy Wille and Misty Jones, Tumwater, Wash.; and 10 grandchildren, Maceo Diebolt, Astoria, Summer Wille, Juneau, Brad Adsit Wille, Portland, Ore., Brooke and Heather Wille, Olympia, Christian, Haylee, Bonnie, Tyler Wille, Tumwater and Breanna Poe, Seaside.
His brothers are Richard Diebolt and his wife, Carol, Denver Colo., and Roger Diebolt and his wife, Helia, Austin, Texas; and six nephews and nieces. There are many aunts, uncles and cousins spread all over the country, many of which are still in Kansas.
There will be a memorial service for family and friends on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory, Seaside, Ore. Thank you to all for your sentiments, visits and well wishes. We will all miss him dearly as there was no one like this man. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuaries, 220 N. Halladay Dr., Seaside, Ore., 97138-6832.

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