- Published: February 2, 2012
Clarence Lindley Jones died Jan. 29 at Friends Care Center. It was his 80th birthday.
Clarence was born in Athens, Ohio, the son of Rolland and Eleanor (Brown) Jones. After graduating from Ohio University and serving in the Air Force, he worked for many years as an engineer and inventor at NCR in Dayton, where he was involved with the development of the Universal Product Code system, especially the barcode scanners. He raised a family with wife Julia Might in Kettering.
After Julia’s death, Clarence married Betty Cady and they built a home in Yellow Springs. They loved skiing and bicycling; Clarence completed a 3,380 mile ride across the US. They traveled extensively, from Antarctica to Egypt. Clarence could build anything, from wooden sailboats to televisions and computers. In his home shop, Clarence machined miniature working steam engines and was a member of the Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Betty; his brother and sister-in-law Tom and Kay Jones of Columbus; son Stewart and Carolyn Jones; and granddaughters Kaitlin and Ashley of Melbourne, Fla., daughter Elizabeth Brandt and Blair Rieckmann of Holland, Mich. and son Philip and Angie Jones and grandsons Ian and Tripp of West Carrollton. At Clarence’s request, there will be no service. Donations may be made to Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society or to any other preferred charity.