William L. “Bill’ Cupps Jr.

June 20, 1947 ‒ January 19, 2019


William L. Cupps Jr. 71, of Radnor, passed away unexpectedly Saturday
January 19, 2019 at his home.

He was born June 20, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late
William & Florence Cupps. Bill worked at the Columbus Zoo and
Aquarium for 31 years where he was respected in the field for his
accomplishments with polar bear and cheetah breeding programs.

Left to cherish his memory are wife of 11 years Cindy (Wardwell)
Cupps; daughters Devon (Nick) Sabo, Justine Lamneck; grandchildren
Corinne and Delilah Sabo; nieces & nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Stewart Cupps.

Bill had a passion for being in the outdoors, whether it was fishing or
riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a skilled craftsman. His
family will remember him as the multifaceted, motivated, passionate
and generous man that he was.

A celebration of life gathering will take place January 30th, 2019 from
3:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center, 101
Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, with a Celebration of Life Service taking place at 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be directed towards Polar
Bears International, P.O Box 3008, Bozeman, MT 59772 or The Cheetah
Conservation Fund, P.O. Box 2496, Alexandria, VA 22301

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please
visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve the Cupps Family.

  • To the family of Bill,I send my condolences for your loss.Always enjoyed talking with Bill over here at Parrotts as we took care of his tractors needs.May our God comfort you at this time and cherish his memory

  • I remember Bill talking about cheetahs at one of my new docent training classes.
    I learned a lot from him then and in years to come.
    My condolences to his family and other friends.

  • I am so sad to learn about the passing of Bill. I met Bill years ago when I first started out as a docent at the Columbus Zoo. I can still picture him mowing the cheetah yard with those cats tagging along behind the tractor. He was always generous with me when he shared his knowledge and time. Such a great sense of humor. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. Rest in peace Bill.

  • My deepest sympathies to you. I will always remember Bill from my days at the Columbus Zoo. He was so knowledgeable about the cheetahs and explained a lot to me about their behavior. God bless you all in this time.

  • To Bill’s family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked at the Columbus Zoo and witnessed Bill’s vast knowledge and great love for both the cheetahs and polar bears. Soon after starting my employment at the zoo I was lucky enough to have Bill take me out into the cheetah yard with him, what a thrill. Before entering the yard he explained what I should do if a cheetah was to charge at me . . . “Excuse me” . . . Thanks Bill.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill’s wife and family. Bill was my neighbor along the Scioto River for many years, and a good neighbor he was. We enjoyed many wonderful conversations about the farm, zoo, politics, riding bikes, his barn, his dogs, and life in general. He was an outstanding steward of the environment and certainly cared for the land/property around his house/barn. I will miss him greatly, but take solace in knowing he is in a better place and most assuredly did his best while with us.