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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$250.00 Donation by Byron Sanford

On December 31, 2016

Keep defending our rights to keep reptiles

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On December 31, 2016

Keep up the good fight


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$425.00 Donation by Aimee Kenoyer

On November 2, 2016

this is from an auction held at the NW Carpet Fest! thank you to all that donated items or money.

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$305.00 Donation by Laura Berry

On October 26, 2016

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$10.00 Donation by ED VELARDO

On September 3, 2016

I wish I can do more to help. Thank you for all your hard work, the way this world is growing and becoming more populated more and more of these animals natural habitat is disappearing and soon the safest place these animals will have to live is in our homes...I have 27 adult ball pythons in my home that I take care of and their are thousands more people just in the US alone doing the same thing and its become a great network of people who love and care for all types of animals. Keep up the good work and Thank you

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On August 25, 2016

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On August 10, 2016

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USARK!

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$$26.25 Donation by Patrick McMahon

On June 10, 2016

Keep up the great work! I'm doing an advocacy project for school, and I chose you guys and CORHS as my Organizations. I call myself a "Reptile Enthusiast" even though I only have a Northern Blue Tongue Skink and have never been bitten by a snake. Even though that, for now I won't be planning on getting any Retics, or Burms, I would love to in the future. Reptiles are animals and deserve all the same protections as other animals. I think the work you are doing is SO IMPORTANT, and will support you on your journey. I know it's not a whole lot, but it's all I can give right now! Great job guys!

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$900.00 Donation by Charlie Pasket

On May 6, 2016

From Tri-State Reptile Expo and all of its great vendors. We hope to raise much more at the next show.

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$25.00 Donation by Aspen Mahan

On April 8, 2016

You guys have done an awesome job! sorry its not a whole lot. just what I have now. hope it helps!


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