Rodney L. Bates

November 16, 1953 ~ August 28, 2018 (age 64)

Rodney L. Bates, 64 of Bettendorf, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A memorial visitation to celebrate his life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf.  Memorials may be made to the family.

Rodney was born November 16, 1953 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Howard “Bus” & Ann (Miller) Bates.  He was united in marriage to Vickie K. Foster on November 19, 1982 in Davenport, Iowa.

He was employed with Sivyer Steel in Bettendorf and was a fan of Elvis Presley.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Vickie; his sister, Debra (John) Wulf of Crab Orchard, Kentucky; his brothers, Randy (Carla) Bates of Stanford, Kentucky, Rick (Shielda) Bates of Danville, Kentucky, Ritchie Bates of Stanford, Robbie (Annette) Bates of Danville; Ronnie (Sue) Bates of Danville and Tom (Sonya) Bates of Albany, Ohio; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Kayla Ellis of Davenport; his good friend, Bill Fenton of LeClaire, Iowa; and his cats, Reggie and Frankie.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Rodney’s obituary at

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