Detective Duane Dean Winkelman

Detective Duane Dean Winkelman

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1972

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Duane Dean Winkelman

Detective Duane Winkelman was shot and killed while conducting a routine check of a rail yard in East St. Louis, Illinois.

During the check he and his partner observed a group of men stealing from a boxcar. Detective Winkelman chased one of the subjects through several neighborhood backyards and into the parking lot of a tavern in the Rush City neighborhood. The subject opened fire on him in the parking lot, striking him in the chest with a blast from a shotgun.

Detective Winkelman was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had only served with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Police Department for one month and had previously served with the Rock Island Railroad.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Duane was my father, I did not get to know him well as he was taken from me at a young age. I do remember he was strong and kind. I know he was good to my mother. I know he painted a train around the inside of our bedroom and the engineer was on the inside of the door. Unfortunately while my mother was grieving in Kansas there was a flood where we lived and almost all of our photographs were lost. Thank you all for your kind thoughts. Even after all this time there is still a hole in my life where he should be.

PFC 502nd MP company 82-85
Son, Proud big brother to Thad

August 22, 2015

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