Glyde Marsh, a New Albany City Council member for more than two decades, has died at age 99, according to Mayor Sloan Spalding.

Spalding said Marsh's family found him at his home this morning and paramedics from the Plain Township Fire Department pronounced him dead.

"It is with profound sadness that I Iearned this morning of the passing of my friend and fellow council member, Dr. Marsh, Spalding said. "He was a truly an American hero and community treasure.

Dr. Marsh was someone who served his country and community his entire life, and (he) was a genuinely good man. It was an honor to serve with him on council; our council chambers will not feel the same without his presence."

Marsh would have turned 100 on Thursday, Sept. 13. He had served as a council member since 1993.

From 1954 to 1964, Marsh served on the school board for what was then known as the Plain Local School District.

He moved to the New Albany community in 1946 after growing up on a small chicken farm in Lake County, east of Cleveland, graduating from Ohio State University in 1941 and serving in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from December 1941 to January 1946, according to New Albany city spokesman Scott McAfee. Marsh left the military as a lieutenant colonel, he said.

Marsh eventually returned to Ohio State to study medicine but decided instead to become a veterinarian specializing in poultry. He also served as an Ohio State faculty member for 24 years until 1985, McAfee said.

In an interview a few weeks before his death, Marsh told ThisWeek he still worked three days a week as a poultry practitioner, driving all over the state for clients.

Marsh described his wife, Margaret, as his “guiding light.” The two were married for 53 years before she died in 1995.

Marsh wished to be cremated and no memorial service is planned, according to the release from the city. However, a public celebration of his life is planned at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, 150 W. Main St.

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