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Steven J. “Muffy” Buria

July 24, 1938 - September 10, 2021

Steven J. “Muffy” Buria, 83, of Virginia formerly of Mountain Iron, died Friday, September 10, 2021 at Carefree Living-Memory Care in Virginia, MN. 

He was born to Michael and Mary (Spehar) Buria on July 24, 1938, and had been a lifelong resident of Mountain Iron until moving to Virginia in 2017.  Muffy attended Mountain Iron High School. He worked for Hanna Mining for 30 years and retired at age 48.  He was an avid stock car racer at Hibbing Raceway for many decades.  Along with his wife Sandy, he ran a successful salvage yard operation for more than three decades. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Kottke); children: Paul (Julie Forseen), Brian and Deb (Steven) Falkowski; three grandchildren: Stephanie (Josh) Irwin, Melanie (Travis) Koenen, Stephen (Alexis); four great-grandchildren: Olivia and Ilo Irwin,  Willow Koenen, and Micah Buria; brothers, James (Sharon) and Michael; sister, Beverly (Keith) Colcleugh; and in-laws: Nina Buria, Karen (Nickie Nevala) Palo, Jim and Roxanne Kottke, Steven and Sharon Kottke, Ken and Carol Kottke.

Muffy was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Byron “Bud” and Grace Kottke;  brother, David and infant brother, Richard.

Muffy’s family would like to thank Carefree Living of Virginia for their incredible, compassionate care.  Your kindness was greatly appreciated.

 Private family services will be held.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

3 thoughts on “Steven J. “Muffy” Buria”

  1. Jimmy Saranpaa says:

    Oh how I remember Muffy and his stock cars. The old modifieds. Always painted red & white. He used to work on them at Wainio’s Sinclair and later Bill’s Sinclair in Costin. My folks and I went to the Hibbing Speedway on Saturday nights to cheer him on. Always the consummate gentleman.

  2. Alice Buria says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Randy Koski says:

    My condolences to Sandy and children. I was sorry to read that Muffy had passed. I had not seen him in many years. When I lived in Mt.Iron I could always depend on Muffy for advice and to have anything I would need to keep my car running.
    I also never knew his name was Steven!

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