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Welcome to The Dukes Auto Club Website

Thank you for cruising by to check out our website. Hope you enjoy all of the pictures and find the information interesting.  You can contact us via email  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.  See you at the next Rod Run.


Frederick R. Mielke

02/25/1939 - 04/15/2014

MIELKE, Frederick R. (Age 75) Our loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away on April 15 of complications from a previous stroke. Fred was born on February 25, 1939 to Robert and Kathryn (Teen) Mielke and was the oldest of three children. He grew up in northwest Spokane and graduated from North Central High School. He married his wife, Karlynn, on July 30, 1959 and entered the U.S. Coast Guard. Fred initially worked for the City of Spokane Maintenance Garage. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a Spokane police officer where he served for 26 years. He rode police motorcycle for 18 years, was a hostage negotiator, taught at the police and state patrol academies, and was one of the initial officers assigned as a community relations officer. He also oversaw police operations at "Peoples' Park" during Expo '74. He held numerous side jobs throughout his life, including driving commercial trucks, as well as owning both a pilot car service and excavation business. He grew up vacationing at Priest Lake, Idaho and made it his primary home after retiring. Fred had many passions in life including his family, friends, kids, dogs, classic cars, and speed. Throughout his life, he raced motorcycles, cars, and eventually settled on racing boats where he achieved the top points in his class for the nation. He also had a great appreciation for classic cars starting when he was a teenager. He owned many throughout his life and was a member of the Dukes Car Club. Fred loved kids, and was an especially proud grandfather. Early in his career, he volunteered with Morning Star Boys Ranch and helped Rev. Hamp arrange an annual summer camp for disadvantaged youth. He was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Teen. Fred is survived by his wife of 54 years Karlynn, sons Bob (Michelle) Mielke, Todd Mielke, Terry (Talana) Mielke, daughter Kristine (Andy) Mroczek, grandchildren Josh Mielke, Shaleesa (Conner) Mize, Ciara Mielke, Nik Mielke, Mikayla Mielke, brother Tom (Carmen) Mielke, and sister Joy (Dennis) McDougall. There will be a visitation on Tuesday, April 22 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA. A celebration of Fred's life will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 1:00pm with graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) or Morning Star Boys Ranch.

A Request For Help

The Dukes are in the process of putting together a club history book and would like your help.

If you are a former Dukes member we would love to include you in the book. We are also seeking pictures of past member’s cars. If you know any former members, would you please let them know what we are doing.

Thank you for any information you can offer, we appreciate it very much.

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