Reverend Edward A. Puff
 

Reverend Edward A. Puff (1914-2006) for 40 years pastor of Memorial United Church of Christ, continues a legacy of caring, action, and service to the community that has caused him to be called “the pastor of the entire community.” He embraced a broad concept of the mission of the church, and was instrumental in establishing such organizations as the Trinity Retirement Home, the East Dayton Health Center, the Burkhardt Center, and the East Dayton Food Pantry. While other churches moved to the suburbs, his stayed in the city: as he once said, “If the Lord was coming, he would come to Fifth Street!” He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Montgomery County First Peace Bridge Award. Because of his association with the Wright family, Reverend Puff was asked to speak at the ceremony marking the end of the Centennial of Flight Celebration. At that time, he said the Wrights “set up a dream that hardened into a deed.” In his ministry, Reverend Puff has done the same thing. –Inducted: 2005