John Robert Kendall Jr.

March 6, 1943April 28, 2021

John Robert Kendall

President & CEO of DK Security and former United States Marshal went to his heavenly home on April 28, 2021.

John, 78, is survived by his wife Carri, his three children, Kimberly, Kathryn, and Johnny, and his six grandchildren: Kendall, Nick, Steven, Michael, Ali, and Zack.

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 Country, 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.

He founded DK Security in 1995 with the late Robert DuHadway. DK Security provides security services and investigations to clients across the state of Michigan and Ohio. Led by John’s visionary leadership, DK Security is among the 50 largest security companies in the United States.

He was a man of deep faith, filled with a passion for family, friends, and DK Security.

A Celebration of Life service will take place this summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will share the information as it becomes available.


  • A Celebration of Life service will take place this summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will share the information as it becomes available.


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Hugh Brenneman

May 7, 2021

John - You were a good friend, and always the epitome of the quiet, competent professional. You left the world a better place . . .

Hugh Brenneman, Jr.
U.S. Magistrate Judge (Ret.)

Jennifer DeGood

May 6, 2021

Carri and Johnny we are so sorry to hear of John passing. Wishing you a flood of happy, fun and loving memories to help your hearts heal. Our prayers are with you both. -Your faith family at Covenant CRC

Marie E Howe

May 5, 2021

To Marshal Kendall's Family~
My name is Marie E. Howe and I am a very proud member of a group of people who were positively impacted by John Kendall. He changed my life by being the most progressive man I had the honor of working for and knowing him as a the special man he was to me and so many others..

My first memory of Marshal Kendal was the preemployment phone calls I received from him each month telling me not to worry because the Federal Government works slowly. You see, I was a uniformed police officer who had sued her department for sexual harassment and he was the Marshal of the Western District who was hiring me (1982)! At that time, it was never heard of a female in a male oriented field (law enforcement) to ever work again in that field....except for John Kendall.

I will always remember how special he was to me and so many people. We have truly lost a person who has made a difference in this world with his forward thinking ideas about how people are to be treated. RIP, always.

harry kerlin

May 3, 2021

He was a great friend and a great man, I have way to many wonderful memories of him like how he watched over me in Vietnam. HE was a friend to Law enforcement ,and he loved his employees very much,his family was number one to him, I and many people will surely miss him, I will see you on the other side buddy.

Kim Cross

May 2, 2021

My sympathies to the Kendall and DK families. My admiration and respect for John are immense. Although our paths have not crossed recently, I too will miss him and am so sad.

Kim RH Cross
Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids

John Keenoy

May 2, 2021

To the Kendall Family,
We know how much John "loved the game" of golf and will miss seeing him with Johnny on the course and with his family in the club. Rest In Peace, John.
The Keenoy Family

john Salan

May 2, 2021

John , You served God, your country and your fellow man well. A life well lived. You left a legacy on Harbor Springs, Grand Traverse County and the Western District of Michigan that will be long remembered. Well done. John F. Salan, AUSA retired and former Prosecuting Attorney of Emmet County.

Jimmy Patrick

May 1, 2021

Kendall Family

I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. What an impact he has had during the many decades he served in law enforcement and security. He will be missed.

Rest In Peace John

Jimmy Patrick