on June 8, 2013 - 8:51 PM
May 22, 1923 – May 31, 2013
William G. Pufpaff, a retired bank vice president who served as an Army squad leader during the invasion of Normandy, died May 31 in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Pufpaff graduated from Kensington High School in 1941. He was an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Pufpaff worked as a messenger at Liberty Bank and Trust Co. for a brief period before enlisting in the Army in 1943.
Mr. Pufpaff was the leader of a squad of .50-caliber machine gunners when he landed on Omaha Beach with the 1st Infantry Division during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
After the liberation of Paris, he entered Officers Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was assigned a guard platoon during the Nuremburg trials.
In 1946, Mr. Pufpaff returned stateside and joined the Army Reserves 390 Infantry 98th Division out of Buffalo.
He returned to Liberty Bank, where over the years he rose through the ranks to become a teller, assistant manager, manager, assistant vice president, vice president and branch sales manager.
He also studied business at the University of Buffalo, Bryant & Stratton and the American Institute of Banking during the mid- to late 1940s.
Mr. Pufpaff retired from the bank in 1985, when it became Norstar Bank.
Mr. Pufpaff was an Episcopalian. A longtime Orchard Park resident, he was a member of the East Aurora Rod & Gun Club.
Over the years, he volunteered for a number of community organizations, including the Episcopal Church Charity Foundation, the United Way Fund, the Orchard Park Rotary Club and the Orchard Park Library.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Marion Matter, and a daughter, Susan Wilson.
Services are private.