FLORENCE, AL — Arcadian Services is deeply saddened to report the passing of its long-time employee, Kerry Shimada.

Dan Blessing, president of Arcadian, wrote in an email that Shimada was known in virtually every circle of the carwash industry, having served over 25 years as a wash owner and then as a service provider.

Shimada, who lived in Utah, owned his own wash for more than 14 years and continued to help other wash owners with his knowledge and experience, Blessing wrote.

"Kerry's gentle demeanor, integrity, commitment to his family, friends and customers was an example to everyone," Blessing added. "Our prayer's and thoughts are with the Shimada family during this very difficult time."