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Local carwash icon passes away suddenly

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Small business owner found out he had cancer two days before his death.

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STORM LAKE, Iowa — Al Schutz of Al’s Car Wash, Al’s Liquors and Al’s U-Store-It died suddenly last week. He was 59, according to the Storm Lake Times.

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Schutz had found out that he had cancer just two days before, when a biopsy showed he had advanced cancer. Friends said he was himself the Sunday before, noted the article.

Jim Bauer was Schutz’s business partner and friend. The two went into business together when Schutz closed his commodities trading enterprise. Bauer named the liquor store after Schutz.

Playing cards, gardening and cooking were Schutz’s hobbies, and Bauer said his cinnamon rolls and French toast were especially good.

The article stated locals said he always had a smile and was a fixture in the town.

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