David Elder, who served as Worthington’s city manager for 26 years, has died at age 70.

City spokeswoman Anne Brown said Elder, a Worthington resident, died Feb. 23 after a long battle with cancer.

Elder worked for Worthington for 36 years, according to a release from the city.

He was hired as an administrative assistant in 1971 after serving as an intern while he completed his master’s degree at Ohio State University, according to the city. He eventually was appointed city manager in 1981 and retired in 2007.

“Cancer has taken the most faithful of public servants and the city of Worthington has lost someone who had an immeasurable impact,” City Manager Matt Greeson said in the release. “He positively touched everyone he met and everything he worked on.”

“David’s strong ethics, dedication and genuine caring for every member of the Worthington community have left a lasting legacy,” said council President Bonnie Michael.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, according to Brown.

Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the funeral home, 515 High St.

Another visitation is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m Monday, March 4, with a funeral service to follow at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, and daughters Stephanie and Lauren.