Richard Joe Joseph Burges III

January 5, 1932February 2, 2015
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Richard “Joe” Burges, III passed away peacefully February 2, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas, surrounded by his wife and son. Joe was born January 5, 1932 in Seguin, Texas and is survived by his loving wife Arlene (Tschoepe) Burges of 59 years and their son Rick Burges and wife Gina, and grandchildren Ashley and Kristen. Joe is also survived by his brother Bill Burges and wife Margaret Lou Burges of Seguin, Texas, niece Margaret Cooper and great niece Avery Lynn Taylor.

After graduating from Seguin High School in 1950, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 3rd Armored Division in Mainz, Germany during the Korean War. After his military service, Joe returned to Seguin, where he met Arlene on a blind date which ultimately resulted in their marriage on January 14, 1956. In 1957, Joe earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Throughout Joe’s career his passion for commercial art and photography earned him numerous awards at the Austin American Statesman and the San Antonio Express News where he worked for many years. In 1983 Joe became a real estate broker in the greater Austin area. He worked in that capacity until his retirement in 2000.

Joe had many outside interests. While living in Kirby, Texas, Joe served as a volunteer fireman for 15 years until he and Arlene moved to Round Rock in 1978. Once there, Joe’s interests included serving as a patron member of the German Texan Heritage Society and VP of Communications for the German Free School before his election as President of the German Free School Guild in 1998.

Joe and Arlene enjoyed attending the Austin Symphony and Lyric Opera and liked to travel as much as possible, visiting points in the U.S. and Europe.

Services will be held for Joe on Friday February 13, 2015 at St. William’s Catholic Church in Round Rock. Joe will subsequently be laid to rest at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

The family would also like to express their deep appreciation to the many caregivers at University Village Memory Care and Hospice-Compassus who took loving care of Joe in his final months.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Joe’s name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the German Texan Heritage Society, or the Wounded Warrior's Project.


  • Memorial Mass Friday, February 13, 2015

Richard Joe Joseph Burges III

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Laurie McDonald

February 26, 2015

Aunt Arlene, Rickie and girls, Uncle Joe is missed but his memory will live on. He was my uncle "with a gentle and quiet spirit which is precious in the sight of God." I can still see him behind the camera at family gatherings and reunions. He provided us with many family photos which are keepsake treasures!
May God who gives endurance and encouragement be real and present with all of you today and always.

Kristen Burges

February 9, 2015

My grandfather lost his battle to cancer and Alzheimer's yesterday. I'm going to miss him dearly, and I will especially miss his storytelling. I know he is in a better place now, and I will gain another angel to watch over me! Rest in peace papa, love you!

Jan Cohrs

February 5, 2015

Arlene, so sorry for the loss of Joe. It was a pleasure meeting both of you at University Village memory care. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with you.
Jan and Dale

Jo Ann Richardson

February 5, 2015

A good man has passed, but his goodness will be remembered by all of us. He was a gentleman and a friend. Bob and Jo Ann Richardson

Mary Lou Kunze

February 5, 2015

To my cousin Arlene (Tschoepe) Burges, we are so very sorry over the loss of Joe, we know he will be misses by all who knew. May his soul rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus and the angels. Mary Lou and Herman Kunze, Bishop, Tx.

February 4, 2015

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Arlene and family in the loss of dear Joe. I will always remember his great smile and cheerful disposition and the fun times we had working together at various events put on by GTHS. May the Lord comfort you in your time of grief. Margaret & Herman Hitzfeld, Round Rock, TX

Charles Clinger

February 4, 2015

I have known Joe and Arlene as members of GTHS. When one met this couple you could see the love and care they had for each other. Cheerful comments - wonderful smiling faces - a definite pleasure to visit with and know them. Joe had a remarkable but fulfilling life.