Rodney Lee Bones passed away on May 15, 2022. Rodney was born in Scotia to Fred and Eilene Bones on June 23, 1956. Shortly after he was born his family moved to Rawlins, Wyoming. There Rodney spent time rock hunting with his family. When he was 10 years old they moved back to Fortuna. Rodney graduated from Fortuna High School in 1974.

After graduating from high school he began his extensive logging career working for his uncle at Don Nolan’s Trucking, where he got his handle “Hot Rod.” He then drove the self loader truck for Pacific Lumber Company. When Pacific Lumber company shut down logging operations he drove truck for various local logging companies in Humboldt County. Rodney finished his logging career driving for Sierra Pacific Industries out of Eureka.

Rodney loved hunting and fishing. During hunting season he was gone every weekend. He would be out with his family and friends. He made all the hunting trips memorable and enjoyed the weekends. When he was not hunting or fishing he was instructing hunter safety courses.

Rodney was an avid trapshooter. He was a member of both the Eel River Gun Club and the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Club. He shot competitive trap with the PITA for many years. He traveled up and down California and into Oregon to shoot competitively. Sundays you could find him at the gun club, enjoying a morning of shooting and visiting with friends. Trapshooting was a family sport, he was surrounded by his father, children, nieces and many friends at the gun club.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Eilene Bones.

He is survived by his daughter Julene Bones, his grandchildren Josh Robinson, Teasha Locke and her husband Adam, Timothy Jones and his wife Brandy, and Makayla Jones. He is survived by his son Scott Bones and wife Eveliz, and his granddaughter Annika. He is survived by his daughter Lindsy Bones and his granddaughters Emilee and Cameron Garfield. He also has many great grandchildren, cousins, and friends. Rodney was very loved by all.

A celebration of life will be held on June 12 at 2 p.m. at the Eel River Gun Club in Fortuna. In lieu of flowers, please donate on his behalf to your favorite charity.


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