Donald B. Hamper

1942 - 2019

Donald B. Hamper, age 77, passed away suddenly in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was born on August 10, 1942 in Parma, Ohio to the late Bernard and Leona Hamper. Also preceding him in death was his son Keir Hamper.

Union Cemetery. To honor Donald the family is requesting that everyone wear casual clothing to the visitation and funeral service. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories and condolences.

Don was an owner-operator in the trucking industry for nearly four decades. He was a legend and pioneer in the herpetology industry known for perfecting breeding and raising techniques for rare reptiles.

Don was a father who taught his children about resiliency in the face of challenges, unwavering loyalty to friends who earn it, the strength obtained by never taking shortcuts and that there's always room in your day for a smile. He had a smile and a joke for every person he met. Don's kindness and friendship is treasured by his friends and family and those who look up to him as a mentor. He was an avid
photographer and traveled to many countries around the world.

Donald will be deeply missed by his wife and constant companion of 52 years Roberta Hamper; children Shay (Shelley) Hamper and Anietra (Jeff Stallings) Hamper; grandchildren Taylor Leach and Zach Petruzzi; sister Sandra Hamper; sister-in-law's Nancy (Donald) Stacy and Susan (Larry) Schneeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK), Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, or the Star House foundation for homeless teens in Columbus.

Family will receive friends from 5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221, where a Funeral Service will be held at 10am on Thursday, August 22, 2019 followed by a burial at Union Cemetery. To honor Donald the family is requesting that everyone wear casual clothing to the visitation and funeral service. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories and condolences.

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$1,638.00 by Tri-State Reptile Expo

On May 3, 2018

Special thanks to the vendors and everyone who attended the Tri-State Reptile Expo, helping raise this money for USARK.


$40.00 Donation by Sheena Atchison

On March 21, 2018

FB Texas Bingo Club

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$11.00 Donation by Rebecca Proctor

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$10.00 Donation by Shane Adamson

On February 26, 2018

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$20.00 Donation by KENDALL MOORE

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On January 29, 2018

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$20.00 Donation by Tanner Kilby

On January 22, 2018

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Donation by Eric Brunick

On January 17, 2018

Attn: Phil Goss; Josh Baity shared the 19 page Chondro Owners Manual with me and requested I donate to you. I couldn't possibly agree more with this request.

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$30.00 Donation by Brian Duracka

On January 12, 2018

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$50.00 Donation by Jason Hood

On December 13, 2017

It's just been a while and you guys are doing a great job

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$150.00 Donation by David Mcclian

On October 7, 2017

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On October 4, 2017


$1240.00 Donation by Charlie Pasket

On October 3, 2017

Special thanks to the vendor's and everyone who attended the Tri-State Reptile Expo. Helping raise this money for USARK

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$47.00 Donation by Uzhas Arcticrobot

On September 9, 2017

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$53.00

On September 9, 2017

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$250.00 Donation by Forrest Fanning

On August 12, 2017

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$20.00 Donation by Luis Guevara

On July 28, 2017

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Donation by Ella Salamat

On June 15, 2017

My condolences to the Renick family. May God put His arms around you all and bring justice and peace to you.


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Donation by Gregg Feaster

On June 15, 2017

Thank you for all that you do!

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Donation by The Rev. Heather McCain

On June 13, 2017

At New Horizons United Methodist Church, we are praying for Ben's family in their time of grief. We trust the Holy Spirit of God will comfort the whole family. Please let me know whether there is any way I or the church may help or be of service at this time.


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$60.00 Donation by Mark Kennedy

On May 18, 2017

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$50.00 Donation by Kylie Rakes Koskan

On May 9, 2017

Gargoyle Queen Reptiles: 100% of raffle funds raised at the Wasatch Reptile Expo, May 6-7, 2017.

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$60.00 Donation by Hunter Armstead

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$10.00 Donation by Christopher Marks

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$450 West Virginia Reptile Expo

On April 11, 2017

Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication. Great win on the Lacey Act! You've made it one step easier for small business and herpers alike to thrive!


$100.00 Donation by Daniel Shahan

On April 10, 2017

Great Job!

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$60.00 Donation by Dawn Osselmann

On April 8, 2017

Thank you for your work on the salamander ban.

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$10.00 Donation by Caleb Tormanen

On March 30, 2017

I am involved in the reticulated python hobby/business with a company called Slither Inc. out of Durham, NC. Reptiles are a lifelong passion of mine and I hope to see it continue.

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$2.00 Donation by Scott Staudt

On March 15, 2017

Keep up the fight you don't lose in till you stop fighting

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$100.00 Donation by David Saperstein

On February 26, 2017

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$20.00 Donation by Samantha DeMarco

On February 19, 2017

Keep our reptiles SAFE and remove them off the Lacey Act. I'm sorry it's not much.. But I will continue to donate if I have extra money to give, we need you to help our reptiles stay safe.

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