WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing of Lyle Hull, 75, of Waupun, Wisconsin. Mr. Hull was the owner and driver of several Minneapolis-Moline Super Stocks from the mid-1970s onward and was the father of competitor Aaron Hull.
The elder Mr. Hull's earliest appearance in the national records came in the 1976 season in 5,000 Super Stock with a M-M 5-Star. Dubbed "Northern Star," the tractor was the class' winner in Tomah in 1978 and finished third that year in the Grand National standings. Through 1985, Mr. Hull and his prairie gold machine were regulars in the lightweight Supers' top 10.
In 1986, Mr. Hull built his first methanol-fueled, 800-cubic inch G1000 Vista for pulling at the heavier end of the Super Stock spectrum. That tractor, which remained unnamed, qualified for a Tomah pull-off and finished fourth in its very first outing. It then won four times on the 1987 GN circuit (including twice, appropriately enough, at the Minnesota State Fair in Minneapolis) and earned a runner-up finish to Danny Dean in the 11,200 and the national Super Stock Puller of the Year Award. Mr. Hull and his teammate Craig Peterson also finished fifth in the 9,500 and second in the 7,500 to Bill Berg. All of that came in a season within which Mr. Hull fell seriously ill and was hospitalized after emergency surgery in Tomah.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Hull won GN events in Canfield and Fort Recovery, Ohio; Hamburg, New York; and Scribner, Nebraska en route to high finishes at the 7,500, 9,500, and combined weight breaks. He took a break from pulling between 1994 and 1999 while son Aaron carried on into the modern component-chassis era.
The Hulls returned to NTPA competition together in 2000 to place sixth in the 8,000-lb. Super Stock Open class and have since pulled occasionally with NTPA in Tomah and in Bowling Green, Ohio in addition to the American Tractor Pullers Association and Pro Pulling League. Occasionally, in the intervening decades, the yellow shields of the Hulls' big Minnie would tout the Prison City Pull-Off, an early summer event in the hometown they share with Wisconsin's maximum security penitentiary.
Our deepest sympathies are with Aaron and the entire Hull family on the occasion of their loss. The following is excerpted from the obituary prepared by the Hull family.
Lyle Dale Hull, age 75 of Waupun, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Lyle was born on May 25, 1945, a son of John and Gertrude (Vande Streek) Hull. He was united in marriage to Jayne Zanders on June 26, 1965, at Emmanuel Reformed Church. Lyle owned and operated Lyle Hull and Son Equipment since 1966, he later expanded the business with his son Aaron in the late 1990s. Lyle was known for repairing, restoring and reselling farm equipment, he was very active in tractor pulling ... Lyle enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. He was devoted to his faith, serving as an elder and active member of Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun.
Lyle is survived by his wife Jayne; four children, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Hull-Sell, Allison Hull, Nathan (Kimberly) Hull, and Aaron Hull; six grandchildren, Olivia, Isaac, Benjamin, Jayna, Carson and Molly; five brothers and two sisters, Elton (Katherine) Hull, Lois (Gordon) Alsum, Delvin (Lillian) Hull, Ronald (Joan) Hull, Caroline Gilmore, Jerald (Luanne) Hull, and Phillip Hull; sister-in-law, Marlene Hull; three brothers-in-law, Samuel Braaksma, Dennis Zanders, and Jack (Mary) Zanders; close family friend, Craig Peterson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.