One Year Later: Remembering John Kendall

Co-founder and CEO of DK Security John Kendall

One year ago, we were saddened to announce the passing of co-founder and CEO John Kendall. Today, we remember him as a visionary leader, a servant to his community, and a passionate husband and father. DK Security is committed to upholding the values that John championed throughout his extensive career, both as a law enforcement official and a community leader.

IMG_7334John Kendall alongside DK Security co-founder Bob DuHadway

April 28, 2022

John Kendall had a distinguished career in law enforcement that spanned 32 years. His career included 13 years as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Michigan, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He received five outstanding and distinguished service awards from two United States presidents and three attorneys general. Before becoming United States Marshal, he served as Undersheriff of Grand Traverse County, Michigan, and Chief of Police of Harbor Springs, Michigan. Additionally, he was in the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Vietnam War.

Military 2-1John Kendall in the United States Air Force, Vietnam War

When John and his business partner, the late Robert DuHadway, started offering investigations and security services in 1995, a clear goal was set: to provide security services of the highest quality to clients, backed by a highly responsive management team. A commitment to client service established a reputation of excellence for DK Security that persists today.

U.S. Marshal with FordU.S. Marshal John Kendall with President Gerald R. Ford

Guided by John’s visionary leadership, DK Security ranks among the top 50 largest security companies in the country, with branches in four Michigan cities. The company was recently named among Michigan’s Top 25 Largest Veteran-Owned Businesses by Crain’s Detroit Business Journal. Additionally, for the past two years, the Grand Rapids Business Journal listed John as a Top 200 Business Leader in West Michigan.

Early-DK-1-905x1536DK Security co-founders at Van Andel Arena (The Grand Rapids Press, 1997)

John Kendall was a man of deep faith, filled with a passion for family, friends, and DK Security. We are committed to upholding the values that he championed throughout his years of service. The DK Security family would not exist without him, and we are eternally grateful for his stewardship and Christian example.

Couple-Photo-1024x768Carri Kendall alongside husband John Kendall

Thank you, John. Thank you for everything.


GR PI: Ex-federal agents keep an eye on things (The Grand Rapids Press, 1997)

Featured in a 1997 edition of The Grand Rapids Press, John Kendall (pictured right) stands alongside co-founder Robert DuHadway (pictured left) in the security booth of the Van Andel Arena during the early days of DuHadway, Kendall & Associates, private investigation and security. Read the full original story below to enjoy excerpts of an interview with Mr. Kendall that describes his early vision and foreshadows what DK Security would become under his leadership.


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