Be at thou peace.
  • 56 years old
  • Born on March 15, 1959 in Virginia, United States.
  • Passed away on July 1, 2015 .

Major (Ret.) Joseph E. Burlas, III, age 56 of Columbia, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. He was born on March 15, 1959 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, he graduated the United States Military Academy (West Point), earning a Bachelor's Degree and a commission in the United States Army as 2nd LT. in 1982. During his Army career, he served as a Field Artillery officer, and later Public Affairs Officer while being stationed with his family in Germany and several states. After leaving active duty in 1993, Joe continued his service to our country in the U.S. Army Reserves as the Commander of the 356th Broadcast Public Affairs Detachment and became an Army Civilian, working as a journalist for the Fort Meade based newspaper 'SoundOff!', then later for Army News Service in the Pentagon. Between 1994 and 2002, he won over 15 national awards for journalism including: The George Washington Chapter Journalist of the Year, the MDW Journalism Civilian Journalist of the Year, and multiple Department of the Army Keith L. Ware awards, for excellence in journalism. Joe retired from the Army Reserves at the rank of Major in 2003.

He is remembered for his faith in God, devotion to his family, and the love for his country. Major (Ret.) Burlas is survived by his wife Erika Burlas; mother Elizabeth Burlas; his four children Joseph Burlas IV, Veronika Conner (Spouse Ray Conner), James Burlas (Spouse Kristin Burlas), and Rachel Burlas; and his three grandchildren Joseph Burlas V, Braedan Conner, and Natalie Conner ; his brother Robby Burlas (Spouse Anne Burlas); his sister Becki Shannon (Spouse Pat Shannon).

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Joe at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD on Thursday, July 23 at 6 PM. Christian inurnment will follow at a later date.

Posted by Deborah Shepard on 1st July 2018
Kindred spirits..dedicated to Joe and MY Sissy with love the memories Softly angels wings russtle Summer moons kiss glistening While sleeping her heart waits Wonderment in all twilight petals, skies, spirit be Each tree willows the branch to stay Kindred totems~~~~ Gentle moons peaks kindred shawls Hopes and dreams shed the tears to star anew Each celeste shall breathe softly to Our hearts carry love Kindred totems~~~~ Each dawns rose shall dance with falling words With ethereal opening the astral journey begins Shifting the heavens gates to see the live growing lives Hearts utterances, as the quite stillness is solace in mother earths smiles Love you Joe and will always rember your heart love sissy and the family in our hearts
Posted by Deborah Shepard on 15th March 2018
we lov you
Posted by Deborah Shepard on 15th March 2017
To a beautiful angel who watches over Sis. My angel wings span sheltering amethyst teardrops Threads woven through each evoke Constance Painted in master clay, each carried in his llife Emotions carries my signature, soft aligned Breathtaking plight heavens voyage we miss you so much , sending angels hugs to heaven
Posted by Erika Burlas on 15th March 2017
My sweetest Soulmate and Love of my life. Happy 58th Birthday mein schatz. I wish i could reach up into heaven and give you a million sweet Birthday Hugs And Kisses and sing Happy Birthday to you in person. But i will be there soon and then we will make up for it all. I cant wait to be held in your wonderful loving arms again and this time forever. I Looooooove you my Soulmate and Love of my life. You and me Babe!!!
Posted by James Burlas on 15th March 2017
Tribute to my father on what would be his 58th birthday-
Posted by Dan Coberly on 14th July 2016
I will always remember out last conversation at the Pentagon...
Posted by Erika Burlas on 20th March 2016
I love you Schatz!!!!
Posted by Tom Devine on 8th March 2016
I am very sad to learn that Joe has left us....I knew him from West Point Prep, West Point (Class of '82), and the Artillery course at Ft. Sill. Joe was always happy, smiling, and a great guy. We miss you Joe.
Posted by James Burlas on 30th October 2015
I miss you everyday, Pops. And I love you so much. What a great life you have given all of us. I know that you hear my prayers each night and I know you are with me.
Posted by Erika Burlas on 11th October 2015
I miss you more every day. I love you so much and I love you forever until I see you again my beautiful Babe!!!!

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