Flash Ebert, 75 of Odessa, TX, died Friday, July 29 at Medical Center Hospital. He was born April 8, 1936 to Evelyn Cannon and Conley Ebert in Pawnee, the oldest of four boys. Flash grew up following the boomtowns in Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming before the family settled in Texas. The Ebert family put down roots in Odessa. Flash attended Crockett Junior High and Odessa High where he was a standout polevaulter on the track team. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1954 and attended Odessa College.
He married Tommie Della Jackson in Odessa on August 28, 1956. He became a machinist and soon established a reputation as one of the best, which allowed him to raise three successful children. During that time he found time to start building and shooting muzzleloaders competitive. Soon his rifles, which were lovingly hand made, became highly prized. Flash became a State and National Champion, with records that stood for over a decade. He was one of the founders of the Permian Basin Muzzle Loaders Association. He opened his own machine shop in Odessa in 1973, Turbo Specialties and Machine, Inc., which he operated until his retirement in 2000. He may have retired from the business world but he continued with his true love of firearms. He perfected a bolt action for 22 rim fire shooters; it also became a world record setting success, considered by many as the best in the world. The Turbo Mark V has set more world records than any other 22 rim fire action ever in history. It was his crowning achievement.
He was an avid horseman, raising and showing quarter horses and even made time to get his pilots license and fly his own plane. He loved classic cars and rebuilt them. He was a member of three car clubs: The Oil Burners, Hot Wheels and The Midland ACAA. Mr. Ebert was a nationally recognized self-taught engineer who designed and patented his own turbo charger for the oil field.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his only daughter, DeShay Ebert. He is survived by his wife Tommie of 55 years, his sons, Prince Ebert of Odessa and Craig Ebert of Pilot Point, Texas. Three brothers, Gurney Ebert of Ovid, Colo.; Starr Ebert and Joe Ebert of Belton, TX.
Funeral services were on August 1 at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and a burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Jimmy Braswell officiating. Pallbearers were John Elledge, Mike Barth, Jerry Parkis, Ken Locke, B.D. Berryhill, Sheril Berryhill, Buddy Bradshaw and Carl Chambers.