Remembering Ray Asbery
The industry lost one of its great innovators on September 27, when Ray
Asbery, founder of Equalizer Industries, passed away unexpectedly at his
home in Round Rock, Texas.
Asbery, 67, began his career in the auto glass industry with Autoglass
and Upholstery of Louisville, Ky., where he worked for many years before
moving to Austin, Texas, in 1986 to work for Globe Glass. When he left
the company, he founded Equalizer, along with a series of devices for
auto glass removal. His company, Equalizer Industries, is now a world-renowned
operation, and Asbery himself held more than 20 patents in 15 different
“This job was not a job, it was love,” recalls one of Asbery’s closest
associates, Equalizer vice president of sales Gilbert Gutierrez, who worked
with him for more than 20 years. “He loved the industry, and he taught
In Asbery’s spare time, he had a passion for building and flying model
airplanes. He also had a special affinity for American history and was
especially a Civil War buff. His son, Eric Asbery, president of Equalizer,
spoke about this topic during a service celebrating Asbery’s life on October
“He knew every battle and every leader of those battles,” recalled Eric
Asbery’s family says he could often be found engaged in conversation with
fascinated friends and family while speaking of fact-filled opinions of
the Civil War era to current business successes, world history and life
Asbery is survived by his wife of 46 years, Clare; his son, Eric, along
with his wife, Cindy, their children, Robert, Ashlee, Lindsey and Carson,
and a great-granddaughter, Leila, all of Round Rock; a daughter, Wendy
Schneider, her husband, Jeff, and their children, Jessica, Jordan and
Alyssa, of New Braunfels, Texas. In addition, his extended family includes
more than 35 employees of Equalizer and their families, and his loyal
friend and companion, his beloved dog, Molly.
In the days and weeks following Asbery’s death the industry saw an outpouring
of remembrances, stories and thoughts about Asbery and the legacy he left
in the auto glass industry. At right you’ll see many of these.
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