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Joseph Earl Burlas III
  • 56 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 15, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 1, 2015
Be at thou peace.

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.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added 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"

This tribute was added 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!!!"

This tribute was added by James Burlas on 15th March 2017

"Tribute to my father on what would be his 58th birthday- https://www.joeburlas.com/2016/06/remembering-joseph-earl-burlas-iii.html"

This tribute was added by Dan Coberly on 14th July 2016

"I will always remember out last conversation at the Pentagon..."

This tribute was added by erika burlas on 20th March 2016

"I love you Schatz!!!!"

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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."

This tribute was added 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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