Ray Asbery

January 21, 1944September 27, 2011

Ray Asbery, 67, passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2011. Born in Casey County, Kentucky on January 21, 1944, he rose from poverty in the state of Kentucky at a young age and went on to build a successful business legacy in the auto glass industry from his beloved state of Texas. He began his career with Autoglass & Upholstery of Louisville Kentucky. After many years in the area, Ray and his family moved to Austin, Texas in 1986 and he began work for Globe Glass as a manager for a few years. Ray, always inventing devices and product ideas created a revolutionary series of devices designed for auto glass removal, a field he knew very well. Within a few very short years, he went on to become a well-respected product developer, inventor, entrepreneur and eventually a legendary figure in the auto glass industry. Equalizer Industries is now a thriving, well-respected and world-renowned operation. His goal in life was always to help the average working person to do their job better and safer. He revolutionized his industry all over the world.

Ray had a passion for building and flying model airplanes from a very early age. Some of his favorite times were spent outdoors flying and racing at local meets. His hobby made him many friends but also enabled him to tinker with ideas that would satisfy his desire to be the quintessential inventor. Ray held several patents and was very proud to consider himself in a special class with famous inventors such as his idol Thomas Edison.

Ray also had a special passion for American History. A Civil War buff, Ray 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 lessons. He had a passion for reading and had retained endless knowledge and profound respect of American History throughout his life. Being an American was of the utmost importance to him throughout his life.

His life and memory will be cherished by his wife of 46 years and best friend Clare, his son Eric, his wife Cindy and their children Robert, Ashlee, Lindsey and Carson and great-grand-daughter Leila of Round Rock, Texas, his daughter Wendy Schneider and her husband Jeff and their children Jessica, Jordan and Alyssa of New Braunfels, TX. His extended family includes over 35 employees of Equalizer and their families and his loyal friend and companion throughout the last difficult moments of his life, his beloved dog, Molly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Humane Society and to Ray’s favorite charity that he gave to generously, Smile Train.

Ray’s family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd at Cook Walden Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. A special memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Pflugerville, Texas at 1:00pm Monday, October 3rd.

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Ray Asbery

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Kathy Stumpff (Stephens)

December 6, 2011

Dear Clare, Eric and Wendy,

My son Christopher James Parr-Stephens (Floyd) told me tonight that Ray passed. I had no idea. I remember when he gave Floyd a chance to start his business. Rapidfire would not have existed without Ray.

We will forever be grateful to Ray. Thank you Ray for being there for me when Steve passed away. My heart goes out to the entire family and the Equalizer family too.

David Turpin

October 10, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

melanie lewis

October 4, 2011

Thoughts n prayers go out to all his family from brandon and melanie watts n kids.

October 4, 2011

Ray will be missed. MY heart goes out to My sister, Clare , Eric and Wendy and their families..Love to them all, Randy

October 4, 2011

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


October 3, 2011

Ray you will greatly be missed. You were well respected and we really enjoyed talking with you. You were such a family man and always look out for your employees and friends. Our prayers go out to the Asbery family and the Equalizer family.

Deborah Ransdell

October 2, 2011

To the Asbery family and the entire Equalizer family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ray touched so many lives- He will be missed-

Bruce Gates

October 1, 2011

Ray will be missed by many. My deepest thoughts and prayers to Clare, Eric and family. I will always cherish the walks and talks at the shows and conferences. Ray, you gave us so much hope and inspiration. I am proud to have known you! Peace my friend!

Trudie Harrison

September 30, 2011

I had the pleasure of working for Ray at Equalizer Industries from 1996 to 2011, I had the utmost respect for him as a businessman and a great human being. He was one of a kind and will leave a huge void in the lives of those who loved and respected him. You will be missed Ray, more than you will ever know.

Mavis Gilpin

September 30, 2011

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.